Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that will allow veterans and current military service members to put an emblem recognizing their heroic actions on display on their vehicle license plates.
House Bill 2312, which The News Tribune wrote about in January, will let recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star purchase special emblems for their license plates. Proceeds from the sales will go into a fund at the state Department of Veterans Affairs to honor veterans.
“This law is a small gesture of acknowledgement for those who have protected our freedoms,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Hans Zeiger, a Puyallup Republican.
The idea for the recognition was brought forward by Ed Porter of Puyallup, a 90-year-old D-Day veteran who served in Patton’s Third Army and earned the Silver Star after risking his life to save a wounded comrade.
The governor signed the bill into law last Friday, but Porter and others will have to wait a while longer for their decals. The law doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1.