By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill that would require the Registry of Motor Vehicles to establish a distinctive license plate for recipients of the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty. The medal, which conforms to the standards and protocol of the U.S. Military Purple Heart, is provided to the next of kin of Bay State service men and women who were killed in action, died in service while in a designated combat area or died as a result of wounds received in action.

“The residents of Massachusetts owe a tremendous debt to our veterans, particularly to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” co-sponsor Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading) told Beacon Hill Roll Call. “Establishing a distinctive registration plate provides an opportunity not only to recognize the families of our fallen soldiers, but also to raise awareness of this state-sponsored military award.”

“We must never forget the sacrifice of those service members who have died for our nation and their families,” said co-sponsor Rep. Richard Haggerty (D-Woburn). “This Medal of Liberty license plate is a fitting tribute and a constant reminder of the price that has been paid for our many freedoms we have today.”

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