Many people know Branson as the most veteran/military friendly town in America. Now, the entire state of Missouri will be known as a veteran/military friendly state. According to a press release, the Missouri Senate approved Representative Don Phillips' resolution to make Missouri a Purple Heart State. It was passed by a vote of 33-0.
"The Purple Heart Medal is awarded ot those who have been wounded or killed while engaged in military combat with an enemy force. Phillips highlighted the importance of recognizing the sacrifices made by those citizens of Missouri who have earned the honor. 'The Purple Heart is arguably the most recongized symbol of those that sacrificed in service to our country,' said Rep. Phillips. 'Our state now has the opportunity to proclaim our patriotism and honor our many veterans in Missouri,'" according to the press release.
"The designation strengthens Missouri's commitment to its vetearns. Branson was the frst city in Missouri to proclaim itself a Purple Heart City, and holds a week-long veterans celebration annually to honor those that have served our country. In 2012, the legislature designated Interstate 70 as part of the "Purple Heart Trail." I-44 through Missouri is a Purple Heart route," according to the press release.