New Indiana license plates honoring fallen vets available in January

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana’s new Gold Star Family License Plate commemorating fallen Hoosier veterans will be available at the start of the new year, State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) said.

Indiana Gold Star License Plate

Grace Darling Siebold initiated wearing the Gold Star after her son died in combat. Her concept became a national symbol for those grieving the loss of loved ones killed in combat.

Gold Star plates can be obtained by spouses, parents, siblings or children of anyone who died while serving on active duty in the military – active, Reserve or National Guard.

Alting – a key advocate for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to create the new license plate – said it will be available in January, 2010.

“After many attempts to make this commemorative plate available in Indiana, families of fallen Hoosiers will finally be able to pay a small, but highly visible tribute to their brave loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom,” Alting said.

According to the BMV, the plates carry no special or group fee; however, standard plate fees and excise taxes will still be applied. Family members will need to provide an official DD1300 – the military’s emergency notification form reporting war casualties – from the Department of Defense.

Indiana’s concept of the Gold Star Family License Plate is built upon the Gold Star Mothers’ Coalition dating back to World War I. Grace Darling Siebold initiated wearing the Gold Star after her son died in combat. Her concept became a national symbol for those grieving the loss of loved ones killed in combat.

Visit www.in.gov/bmv/5084.htm to learn more about Indiana’s Gold Star Family License Plate, Alting said.

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