In Advance of Veterans Day, Purple Heart Trail Signs To Be Installed Today Along Highway 101 in Ventura County

November 06, 2014

VENTURA COUNTY – Today, drivers along Highway 101 in Ventura County can expect to see some new signs along the road honoring veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our country.
Just in time for Veterans Day, two highway signs are expected to be installed by Caltrans today designating a portion of Highway 101 in Ventura County as part of the National Purple Heart Trail. One will be installed at approximately 10 a.m. on southbound Highway 101 on the right shoulder in the vicinity of the Bates Road off ramp in unincorporated Ventura County just south of Carpinteria. The other will be installed on northbound Highway 101 on the right shoulder south of Westlake Blvd. in Thousand Oaks around 1 p.m.
The signs will say “Purple Heart Trail” and include a picture of a purple heart medal. The Purple Heart is an honor awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in the military.
“A lot of work and community effort has gone into making these signs a reality,” said State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who authored a resolution passed by the State Legislature last year designating this portion of Highway 101 as part of the National Purple Heart Trail. “It’s terrific to see all of these efforts pay off and to know that these signs will be up in time for Veterans Day this year. It’s an important way to honor those men and women who made great sacrifices, and in some cases the ultimate sacrifice, for our country.”
“The Purple Heart Trail is a visual reminder on tangible turf of the long road that these soldiers traveled in order to preserve our freedom and way of life. It is only fitting to honor them with designations along our highways and byways,” said Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen.
Last year, a Senate resolution, SCR 27, authored by Jackson and passed overwhelmingly by the State Legislature, designated Highway 101 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for inclusion in the National Purple Heart Trail. The addition of this section completes 240 continuous miles of the trail, which extends from Monterey through Ventura County. SCR 27 was sponsored by Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
“I am proud that the National Purple Heart Trail extension into Ventura County comes full circle today with this installation of signs along Highway 101,” said Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, who led the efforts to co-sponsor SCR 27 and joined with the Military Order of the Purple Heart to raise private funds to purchase the signs. “The Purple Heart Trail signs reflect our county’s great admiration and gratitude for all Purple Heart recipients who have selflessly served our country.”
"The Purple Heart Trail signs are a reminder of those who are the vanguard for the defense of our country,” said Michael Cook, commander of the Chapter 750 Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veterans’ service organization made up of Purple Heart recipients. “I hope everyone will take a moment to remember the sacrifices they have made for our nation's freedom."

Caltrans will be taking video footage of the sign installation, which will be available to media outlets later in the day.
Please contact Caltrans videographer Steve Devorkin, 213.897.0336, to arrange for footage.
Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes western Ventura County and all of Santa Barbara County.