Jodi Pope - In 2022, Bedford was honored to be named a Purple Heart City for the City’s continued support of the men and women who have selflessly served our country. The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military award, honors military personnel wounded or killed in combat. To further commemorate this special designation, the City held a traffic signal box art contest, where local artists could submit a design that integrated the Purple Heart Medal. Artist Jodi Pope for creating the winning design, which represents a strong, rooted tree that has bloomed a new historical marker in our City, the purple heart. This box is located at the intersection of Central Drive and L. Don Dodson Drive.