Updated: Thursday, 03 Jun 2010, 9:57 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010, 6:13 PM EDT
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A local lawmaker recently received what he calls his "highest honor."
State Sen. Ron Alting (R-22nd district) received a bracelet today from the Frantz family in Lafayette. It was specially made in honor of their son, Matthew Frantz, who was killed in Iraq in January 2006.
Matthew's mother, Marilyn Frantz, said the bracelet was the least they could do for Alting's efforts to establish Gold Star license plates in Indiana. The license plates are now available for the parents, spouses, siblings and children of anyone who died while serving in the military on active duty.
Frantz said Sen. Alting was instrumental in making these license plates available in our state.
"Our sons and daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers...they lost their lives for our country, and it's in honor of them," she said.
"I have in my office awards from presidents and pictures with vice presidents, dignitaries from all walks of life," Alting said. "There's none that's more emotional, more closest to my heart and meaningful than [receiving this bracelet]."
Alting said people who are eligible for a Gold Star license plate and would like one for their vehicle, only need to walk into the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He said they need to bring the military-issued death certificate for their loved one, but there is no charge for a gold star license plate above the regular fee for a license renewal.