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I-64 Designated the Purple Heart Trail
Posted: 30-Dec-2002 4:18AM CST

The entire length of I-64 in Kentucky has been designated the Purple Heart Trail. The Military Order of Purple Heart has undertaken an effort to have each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico designate one of their highways to honor recipients of the Purple Heart. Kentucky will erect 24 signs designating the Purple Heart Trail: one at each of I-64's entrances to the state and signs in each county along I-64.

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Comment posted by Beth Lovins on 27-Jul-2003 4:31AM CDT
During my weekly commute from Louisville to Lexington, I noted signs denoting I-64 as the "Purple Heart Trail." I promised myself to discover the meaning of this, and my research lead me to this web site. Has this story ever been covered in the press? I don't remember reading about it before.
 
Comment posted by Jeff Carlyle on 27-Jul-2003 5:28AM CDT
There might have been some minor mentions of it papers like the Courier-Journal, but I haven't seen anything.
 
Comment posted by W.W.CHANEY at abchaney@geotec.net on 20-Aug-2003 2:22AM CDT
I AM A RECIPENT OF THE PURPLE HEART, AND WAS MOST AMAZED AT THE SIGNS AND PURPLE HEART TRAIL AS I WAS TRAVELING ACROSS KY ON 64. WOULD YOU SEND ME A PICTURE OF THIS SIGN? ALSO WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE 64 SIGN & PURPLE HEART? HOW DID THE PURPLE HEART ORGANIZATION ACCOMPLISH THIS? WOULD LIKE TO DO THIS IN OKLA. THANKS FOR ANY INFO.
 
Comment posted by on 28-Aug-2003 7:49AM CDT
NO ONE EVER ANSWERS A QUESTION. IS EVERYONE ASLEEP?
 
Comment posted by Jeff Carlyle on 28-Aug-2003 10:25PM CDT
I don't have any pictures of the signs; I'll try to snap one the next time I'm at home.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart has some information about the effort to designate routes the Purple Heart trail on their website: http://www.purpleheart.org/

They also have a Purple Heart Trail National Coordinator who can be contacted via email at PurpleHeartTrail@aol.com according to http://www.purpleheart.org/purplehearttrail.pdf.

Hope this helps.
 
Comment posted by B. Williams on 26-Jan-2004 6:34AM CST
While traveling in Kentucky recently, my husband and I noticed the Purple Heart Trail signs along I64. This is a wonderful tribute to our service men and women receiving this medal, however, it's unfortunate it has not received more media coverage.
 
Comment posted by ron riddell on 30-Apr-2004 9:34AM CDT
i just came back from louisville and saw the signs about the purpleheart trail signs and was very courious. thanks for the inf. these recepients need to be honored and remember always. god bless whoever is responsible for this action.
 
Comment posted by darlene ford on 2-May-2004 5:00AM CDT
while driving through kentucky for a family funeral my husband and i noticed signs that were called purple heart trail. my husband wanted to look up the meaning of these signs and its history. i agree that the history behind these signs should be made known nationally.
 
Comment posted by Leah Beth on 6-May-2004 4:52AM CDT
I have lived in ky my whole life and I am just know finding out what the purple heart trail is. I you want to honor the people who fight in our military, thats fine. but do it is such a way that they are actually being honored. nobody knows what the purple heart trail is, make it known
 
Comment posted by Penny Pollitt on 1-Jun-2004 8:50AM CDT
It is nice that Purple Heart recipients are being honored in this way. I saw these signs on I-64 in KY and wondered about them thus I checked the web. I didn't know what this was for until now. Needs more coverage. People don't know what the signs are for.
 
Comment posted by J & J HEALEY on 8-Jul-2004 5:31AM CDT
WE DRIVE A LOT BETWEEN LEXINGTON AND FRANKFORT AND SAW THESE SIGNS WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEM. THANKS.
 
Comment posted by J & J HEALEY on 8-Jul-2004 5:31AM CDT
WE DRIVE A LOT BETWEEN LEXINGTON AND FRANKFORT AND SAW THESE SIGNS WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEM. THANKS.
 
Comment posted by Pamela (Day) Poston on 10-Jul-2004 6:53AM CDT
My uncle Berlin Day was a recipient of the Purple Heart, but after my grandfathers death my uncle's medals were destroyed in a fire. I have his discharge papers, and would like to learn more about his role in the service.

I have noticed the Purple Heart Trial signs between Lexington and Morhead and wondered how they came to be there.
 
Comment posted by JOAN BARTRUFF on 17-Jul-2004 9:24AM CDT
While traveling through Kentucky, my sister and I noticed the PURPLE HEART TRAIL signs and were very impressed, wanting to learn more about it. We looked it up on the internet. As my husband was a recipient of the Purple HEART, I would like to see this recognition for our recipients in Illinois.
 
Comment posted by on 9-Sep-2004 5:16AM CDT
Dear House and Senate Representatives,
Please show your continued support toward our troops that are in harms way by demanding and immediate and open apology from all delegates who partook in Purple Heart Bandaidsâ. As a former Marine I understand the ultimate level of commitment each service man and women holds in their heart. These delegates find humor in a selfish self-serving act, a disgrace to all in uniform. Please rise to this occasion and do what is right and just for those who have and continue to serve our countries greater good.

Respectfully,

Andrew J. Rolfe

CPL USMC 1985 thru 1989

2240 Valley Vista Rd.
Louisville, Ky. 40205
 
Comment posted by on 5-Oct-2004 2:28AM CDT
I just returned from a trip which took my family through Kentucky from Louisville to Ashville. I saw the signs for the "Purple Heart Trail" and checked the internet. Like many people I had never heard of this. It needs to be more widely publicized. I will be contacting my Congressman(Boucher) to let him know I think this is a very good way to honor the injured military. My father was injured in WWII but because he was treated by a German Army doctor his military records never showed it. When any of us suggested he find out how he could get the Purple Heart he always said he was only during his job and felt like his actions were more important than any medal. My oldest son who has seen battle in Iraq also agrees. Regardless, our military deserves recognition for their bravery and sacrifices.
Brenda A Callahan
Pulaski Va
 
Comment posted by June Rowland on 2-Jun-2011 10:11AM CDT
I live in Corydon, In. In traveling to Lexington to our Grandson's ball games, I saw the signs and decided to lookup the meaning. My Father also recieved 2 Purple Hearts while serving in World War II so a purple heart is meaningful to me. I would like to see the Purple Heart Continued through Southern Ind. on Hwy 64 W. It is the least we can do to honor our Veterans!! God bless each of them.
 
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