State Representative Hugh Shine is seeking to have the Purple Heart Trail extended to the section of Interstate Highway 14 in Bell County and has filed House Bill 421 to that end.
“As a county that is so involved with veterans and with active duty military, we want to honor those that have made sacrifices for our freedom and to show others that come through what we stand for,” he said.
In the 85th legislature, Representative Shine passed a bill making Texas a Purple Heart state, which established August 7 as an annual Purple Heart Day.
The Transportation Commission finalized the 25-mile segment designation of Interstate Highway 14 during its regular meeting in Austin in 2017.
The segment runs concurrent with US Highway 190 from the junction of Business US Highway 190E in Copperas Cove to the I-35 Interstate and US Highway 190 junction in Belton and spans Coryell and Bell counties.
“This is an important first step to a much larger highway network that will strategically link Fort Hood and military installations across the Southern United States with ports on the gulf coast,” said Shine.
“This highway network will ultimately enhance, expedite and facilitate the deployment of military assets whenever necessary for our national defense. Additionally, the surrounding communities will be able to expand their economic development by attracting new businesses in Central Texas.”
“I hope that when people see those purple heart signs they take a moment to remember the sacrifice of so many and to ask themselves what they can do for those still alive but affected by foreign wars.”