TERRE HAUTE —
A commendation goes out today to state Rep. Clyde Kersey, a Terre Haute Democrat who led the charge this week in the Indiana House of Representatives to pay tribute to the nation’s Purple Heart recipients.
Kersey proposed a resolution that urges the Indiana Department of Transportation to designate U.S. 41 the Purple Heart Trail in honor of the men and women who have served the nation and received a Purple Heart in the process.
The resolution was adopted by unanimous vote, with most House members signing on as co-authors.
Kersey’s proposal was brought forth by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The organization has more than 45,000 members nationally, all of whom are Purple Heart recipients. In 1992, they began the symbolic and honorary system of designating U.S. highways, or portions of highways, the Purple Heart Trail for those who have received that honor.
In Indiana, the U.S. 41 designation would affect the highway between the Illinois line near Chicago in the north and the Kentucky line near Evansville in the south.
The designation, it should be noted, is honorary and would not make any changes to addresses or local road names. “This is a way to thank these men and women for the price they have paid to protect our freedom,” Kersey said. “It is a reminder of the tremendous debt we owe these folks.”
We applaud the resolution and urge other state elected and appointed officials to move forward on the U.S. 41 designation plan.
Cheers, jeers and tears
• Monday was a good day for Terre Haute attorney James Bopp, a longtime stalwart of the Republican Party. Bopp was named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States by the National Law Journal. On the same day, he was named special counsel to the Republican National Committee. Cheers to Bopp for his recent achievements and for his continued passion for national politics.
• Jeers to all the sloppy, lazy, uncaring people who foist their trash and litter along our roads, highways and waterways, making things unsightly and sometimes unsanitary for the rest of us.
•Cheers to Terre Haute native J.T. Corenflos, a musician extraordinaire who was honored as the Academy of Country Music’s Guitarist of the Year for his work in 2012. The Nashville-based session artist had been previously nominated for the award 10 times.
• Tears at the news of losing two entertainment icons of a generation — Noted movie critic and author Roger Ebert of Chicago, and TV and big-screen actress Annette Funicello of Disney’s “Mouseketeer” fame. Their contributions to our culture were significant and lasting.