For Immediate Release: May 10, 2012
Sen. Dan Newberry
Senate advances measure creating Oklahoma Blue Heart Medal of
Legislation that would create the Oklahoma Blue
Heart Medal of Honor was approved today by the full Senate. The
honor would be awarded to members of the military who voluntarily
perform a deed of bravery or self-sacrifice during combat occurring
after Sept. 11, 2001, resulting in their death.
Newberry, author of Senate Bill 1814, said the proposal was
a gesture of appreciation for our soldiers.
“It is important for all Americans to remember the men and
women who have fought and risked their lives to protect and promote
freedom,” said Newberry, R-Tulsa. “They may not expect
special attention, or accolades in their honor, but for most of
us, this is the best way we can show our gratitude. The Oklahoma
Blue Heart Medal of Honor is another way we can display our appreciation
for the men and women fighting on our behalf.”
The medal will be given to members of the military born in Oklahoma
and who lose their lives in the line of duty or in a combat zone.
“The men and women of our military are heroes in every sense
of the word, and they deserve to be honored and remembered,”
Newberry said. “They bravely risk their lives to preserve
the freedoms we enjoy every day. I’m honored to have been
able to present the measure, and I look forward to seeing it signed
SB 1814 now advances to the Governor’s desk.