Thursday, March 12, 2009
When Anita Dixon applied for a special license plate in 2007 to honor her fallen son, Sgt. Evan Parker, she was told she couldn't have one.
State tags honoring area soldiers and veterans were available only to those still living. Dixon didn't think it was fair.
That began a two year push to get a new state license plate mothers such as herself could proudly display in honor of their children's sacrifice. Thursday morning, Dixon received her own.
"I was more nervous to come get this tag than I was to petition in Topeka," Dixon said as she picked up her new tags Thursday.
She said she couldn't have done it without the help of friend Betty Pulliam.
Pulliam's son, Lance Cpl. Dale Pulliam, died in Vietnam. Betty has been a member of the national organization "Gold Star Moms" for 42 years.
"Tomorrow is my son's birthday, so I consider this a birthday present for him," Betty said Thursday morning. Her son would have been 63 if he had survived combat.
Other Gold Star Mothers could begin applying for the license plate last year, after Gov. Sebelius signed a law allowing the license plates in May of 2008. Thursday morning, Pulliam and Dixon received the first two issued in Kansas.
"It's just a way of keeping my son alive in my heart," Dixon said. "I did it for him."
The Department of Motor Vehicles provides the following information for mothers wishing to obtain a Gold Star tag in honor of a child killed in combat:
The Gold Star Mothers plate may be issued to any owner or lessee of autos, trucks with a gross weight of 20,000 or less, and motorcycles. There are no limits to the number of plates they may display, however the Gold Star Mother must be displayed as an owner on the title or title and registration record.
Applicants must provide proof she is the mother of the deceased soldier (copy of birth certificate) who died while serving in good standing in the military of the United States. In addition, any of the following forms may be used:
* DD1300 Report of casualty or a Death Certificate
* DD2064 Died in Theatre
* DD93 which states the soldier died on active duty and will also name parents
* Official notification of death such as a telegram
If the mother's name is not apparent on any of these documents, in addition we will accept a copy of the obituary notice which lists the mother.
The Gold Star Mother plate may not be transferred to any other person. The Gold Star Mother must be listed as the owner or part-owner of the vehicle in order for the plate to be displayed on a vehicle.
Initial delivery fee is $5.00. All other applicable fees or property taxes will be collected as usual.
For additional information, call (316) 660-9110.