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Purple Heart Trail Program

Matt Bridges
Legacy and Trail Coordinator
CELL: (229) 569-0915
mbridges.usmc@gmail.com

“As you travel the Purple Heart Trails, please take a moment to remember the bloodshed and the ultimate sacrifices that have been paid for our nation’s freedom.”

What is the Purple Heart Trail?

 

The purpose of the Purple Heart Trail is to create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments that give tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.
The Purple Heart Trail accomplishes this honorary goal by creating 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 placed at various locations annotate those roads and highways where legislation has been passed to designate parts of the national road system as The Purple Heart Trail. The actual format and design of the signs vary from state to state. There are currently designated sections in 45 states as well as Guam.

 

What is the History of the Purple Heart Trail?

 

The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The original idea for the Purple Heart Trail came from Patriot Frank J. Kuhn, Jr., a member of Chapter 1732 in Virginia. His idea was carried to the national level by Patriot George Gallagher, a member of Virginia Chapter 353. Patriot Gallagher was a former National Adjutant. Patriot Gallagher introduced Patriot Kuhn’s Purple Heart Trail idea as a resolution during the 1992 MOPH National Convention held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The resolution was approved and the MOPH National Purple Heart Trail began.
The Purple Heart Trail originates at a monument in Mt Vernon, Virginia. Mt Vernon is the burial location of George Washington. This monument marks the origin of the Purple Heart Trail.

 

View the Purple Heart Trail

Use our interactive map by clicking on a state. Learn about ALL the trails located throughout this great land of ours!

Build the Purple Heart Trail

Want to have your town, city or county designated a Purple Heart Locality? -Download our Guide on adding to the Trail-

The design on this monument was created by Mickey Gallagher, the wife of George Gallagher. Her initials (MG) are indicated on the lower right corner as you view the monument.

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