Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would honor members of the United States military who have been wounded or killed in service to our nation was approved by the New Jersey Senate. The measure, S-1366, designates Route 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.”
“I hope this designation will serve as a visible reminder of all the brave souls who have sacrificed so much for our nation throughout its history,” said Doherty. “It’s especially fitting for Route 31 to receive this designation considering its connection to sites and battles of the American Revolution.”
Route 31 begins in Trenton at the Monument to the Battle of Trenton and heads north through Mercer, Hunterdon and Warren counties. The legislation notes that the victory by General George Washington and his courageous troops at the Battle of Trenton was pivotal in ensuring freedom to a new nation, which we continue to enjoy today.
The Purple Heart is America’s oldest military decoration, established by General Washington in 1782 to recognize outstanding examples of bravery and sacrifice by the common soldier. The Purple Heart continues to be awarded to extraordinarily brave men and women wounded in military service or given posthumously to the next of kin of those killed in action.
“As a former member of the Armed Forces, I have seen first-hand the amazing work that our young men and women perform in often difficult conditions, far from home,” Doherty added. “I hope that people who see the Purple Heart highway signs along Rt. 31 will take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that continue to be made on their behalf by brave American soldiers around the world.”
Under the terms of the legislation, no state funds will be used for producing, purchasing or erecting the signs designating Rt. 31 as the “Tri-County Purple Heart Memorial Highway.” The legislation authorizes the Department of Transportation to receive private funds to pay for any costs related to the signs.
Doherty is a graduate of the United State Military Academy at West Point, and was commissioned as an officer. He served on active duty in the United States Army from 1985 to 1989 and in the United States Army Reserve from 1989 to 1993.