U.S. veterans are known for wearing their "pride on their sleeves," and now they have a new way to display their service to the nation - veteran license plates for their motorcycles.
The Swift Administration unveiled the new plates today, after working with the Department of Veterans Services, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and motorcycle riding groups. Six veterans received the first plates at a State House ceremony this morning.
"Riders have been asking about veteran plates for their motorcycles for quite some time," Registrar Kimberly Hinden said. "I'm very happy to offer them to the men and women who so proudly served in our nation's armed forces."
Like the veteran plate for passenger vehicles, the motorcycle plate reads "Veteran" along the bottom and displays the American flag or a decal representing the branch of service. Qualified veterans can also order plates indicating that they are an ex-prisoner of war or a recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze or Silver Stars, Medal of Honor or Legion of Valor.
The Registry is mailing applications directly to all registered motorcycle owners who have active veteran plates for their passenger vehicles. Veterans who do not currently have veteran plates but wish to receive them for a passenger vehicle or motorcycle can obtain applications from the Department of Veterans Services at (617) 727-3578 or via the Web at www.massrmv.com/forms/.
Receiving the plates today were Creag M. Tuttle of Leominster, Gerald J. Revard of Westborough, William J. Ahlgren of Tewksbury, Richard H. Schofield Jr. of Bedford, Lawrence G. Cahill of Medford, and Richard J. Gleason of South Yarmouth.