LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A local lawmaker recently received what he calls his "highesthonor."
State Sen. Ron Alting (R-22nd district) received a bracelettoday from the Frantz family in Lafayette. It was specially made inhonor of their son, Matthew Frantz, who was killed in Iraq inJanuary 2006.
Matthew's mother, Marilyn Frantz, said the bracelet was theleast they could do for Alting's efforts to establish Gold Starlicense plates in Indiana. The license plates are now available forthe parents, spouses, siblings and children of anyone who diedwhile serving in the military on active duty.
Frantz said Sen. Alting was instrumental in making these licenseplates available in our state.
"Our sons and daughters, husbands, wives, fathers,mothers...they lost their lives for our country, and it's in honorof them," she said.
"I have in my office awards from presidents and pictures withvice presidents, dignitaries from all walks of life," Alting said."There's none that's more emotional, more closest to my heart andmeaningful than [receiving this bracelet]."
Alting said people who are eligible for a Gold Star licenseplate and would like one for their vehicle, only need to walk intothe Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He said they need to bring themilitary-issued death certificate for their loved one, but there isno charge for a gold star license plate above the regular fee for alicense renewal.
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