Panel approves sale of tags for Gold Star Families

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A committee in the Alabama House has approved a bill to allow family members of military troops killed in the line of duty to buy special car tags.

The House Public Safety Committee approved on a unanimous vote Wednesday the sale of the special tags for Gold Star Families. That's a designation used for decades to refer to the families of service members killed in the line of duty.

The sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, unveiled the tag at a Statehouse ceremony Wednesday.

Donna Smith of Eva, whose son, Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Smith, died in Iraq in 2005, said the purpose of the tags is to remind people that "someone lost their life for freedom."

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