"As a veteran, I know the sacrifices our service men and women have made over the years to protect our freedom – especially those who have given their blood and often their lives,” Governor Steve Beshear said. “It is a sacrifice that should never be forgotten, and the Purple Heart Memorial Bridge will serve as a lasting reminder to us all.”
The Purple Heart Memorial Bridge is part of the Exit 96 Interchange over I-64 at
The special designation of the bridge was requested by Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner and the City Commission. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet produced highway signs bearing the dedicatory name, and the signs were unveiled today in a ceremony at nearby
“I very much appreciate the Transportation Cabinet being willing to honor our Purple Heart recipients with this dedication,” Mayor Burtner said. “It’s a distinct honor for those who have earned the Purple Heart.”
The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military medal, is a combat decoration awarded to members of the Armed Forces who are wounded in action. It also is presented posthumously to the next of kin of those killed in action or who die of wounds received in action. The Purple Heart bears the image of George Washington, who created it in 1782.
“Today is a special day because we are honoring our Purple Heart recipients and our veterans. We can never give them the recognition they deserve and this is only a small token of appreciation for the sacrifices of our service men and women,” said Sen. R. J. Palmer of
“From the moment our forefathers fought to establish our great nation,
I-64 is part of the Purple Heart Trail, so designated as a visual reminder to those who use the road system that others have paid a high price for their freedom to travel and live in a free society. Signs at various locations mark those roads, highways and bridges where legislation has been passed to designate parts of the national road system as The Purple Heart Trail.