Nestor Aliga: Purple Heart Trail Sign

Vallejo Times-Herald
by Nestor Agila

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m., we will commemorate the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day and celebrate Purple Heart Medal recipients by unveiling the newly-installed “Purple Heart Trail” sign at Mare Island’s Tennessee Street entrance.

The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to our war heroes who were killed in action or wounded in action. According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Fifth Congressional District (U.S. Rep Mike Thompson-Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam), City of Vallejo, Vallejo City Unified School District, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, California State University-Maritime Academy, Touro University California, and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom are all Purple Heart designated entities.

In April 2015, “Purple Heart Trail” signs were installed below the Vallejo city limit signs located on Interstate 80 just before the Carquinez Toll Plaza and the Hunter Hill Safety Roadside Rest Area. Due to safety and cost issues (and “inconvenience” to travelers) with closing a lane on I-80, it was not feasible to hold on-site photo sessions. Instead, we held the Purple Heart City ceremony at City Hall in conjunction with the Vallejo Police and Fire Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2015.

The American Legion Manuel L. Quezon Post 603 is cordially inviting World War II veterans, Purple Heart Medal recipients from all wars, and staff of the Purple Heart designated entities to please attend the brief photo session on Thursday, 11 a.m. at the corner of Mare Island Way and Tennessee Street. 

Please contact me, or (707) 853-0062 for more information.

— Nestor Aliga/Volunteer