ACIT Students Enhance Purple Heart Way in Atlantic County

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Students from Atlantic County Institute of Technology have been working with Purple Heart recipients from Atlantic County to design several display boards — all to honor the veterans. 

The interactive display boards will feature a QR code that allows people to use their cellphone to scan and find out more about each veteran's personal story.

That’s one of the reasons I’m involved in this because I want you to know how lucky you are to be an American.

Jack Glasser, mayor of Somers Point, said the State of New Jersey will help fund the project with grants.

“It’s a fabulous thing," said Glasser. "And with the students helping us with the signage, and it being named Purple Heart Way because we already have a Veterans Memorial in the middle of our bike path and this includes it ... [it] enhances it so much.” 

A sea of design boards were created by students to be displayed along Purple Heart Way, but ultimately five will be chosen.

All were judged by the Purple Heart veterans, along with some poignant words of wisdom by veteran, Marco Polo Smigliani. 

“We’re older here, we’re going. You’re gonna be here; it’s gonna be your country [and] you gotta take care of it," said Smigliani. "That’s one of the reasons I’m involved in this because I want you to know how lucky you are to be an American.”

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ACIT students say the whole purpose of the project is to show veterans their honor and support for their sacrifices.

Tykere Winston, sophomore at the school, expressed how much the project meant to him.

“It means a lot ... remembering the people in the past who have fought for our country and to do it in such a way that it’s publicly displayed is awesome,” said Winston.

Glasser said the project is expected to be completed by Summer 2019.

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