REED CITY — The Reed City City Council voted to approve renaming Linear Trail to Purple Heart Trail at its meeting Feb. 18. The new name will honor veterans that have received the Purple Heart.

Former soldier and Purple Heart recipient Russ Nehmer presented the idea to the city council at the meeting.

"Russ did a very good job of presenting his request to the council," Reed City City Manager Ron Howell said. "It was very emotional because soldiers that get wounded and get that medal always think about why they made it home and others did not. This trail will be a reminder of the sacrifice of those soldiers and their families, and it will always be there."

The Purple Heart Trail is a section of trail that connects Westerburg Park with Rambadt Park, Howell said.

"So many people express different appreciations for veterans, and this was a nice thought," Howell said. "It connects really well because the trail ultimately goes out to Rambadt Park, and the city has designated this area to be a veterans memorial in the future. This trail will actually connect people to that memorial."

The city is taking steps to update the trail maps, and officials are working with the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) to seek assistance with putting up new signage, Howell said. As of now, there has been no cost to the city, he said, but new signage may incur some expense.

The Purple Heart Trail designation was established by the MOPH in 1992. According to the MOPH website, the purpose of the Purple Heart Trail designation is to create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges and other monuments that give tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.