Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Honoring Our Purple Heart Veterans

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, the Gloucester Veteran Services Office and I would you to invite you to a dedication ceremony on Saturday, November 17th of the Cape Ann portion of Rt.128 that has legislatively been designated a Purple Heart Highway.  Saturday’s dedication will begin at 11:00AM and will be held at Gloucester City Hall, followed by a small reception at the Gloucester House Restaurant at 12:30PM.  Invited guests include local officials, Purple Heart recipients and other members of the veterans’ community.  During the ceremony the new signs designating the highway will be unveiled.

                        When:  Saturday, November 17th

                        Time:   11:00AM

                        Where: Gloucester City Hall
                                    9 Dale Avenue
                                    Gloucester, MA 01930

Earlier this year I filed legislation designating the portion of Rt.128 as a Purple Heart Highway as a result of a home rule petition passed by the Gloucester City Council and approved by Mayor Carolyn Kirk.  The legislation, which was co-sponsored by Representative Ferrante, was signed into law by Governor Patrick on August 16th.
The Cape Ann section of Rt.128, which begins at Grant Circle and extends to East Main Street, now joins with transportation elements in 45 states across the country that collectively comprise the National Purple Heart Trail System.  The name of the system stems from the Purple Heart Medal that honors members of the United States military who were wounded or killed in service to the nation.

Designating the Cape Ann portion of Rt.128 further honors them for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of this great nation. 

Saturday’s event is open to the public, and we hope to see you there!