Purple Heart City

In February 2022, Bedford was recognized as a Purple Heart City, for the City's continued support of the men and women in our Armed Forces who have selflessly served our country. Bedford is proud to honor our Purple Heart recipients and acknowledges their acts of courage and resilience to defend our freedom. 

The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military award, was first established by General George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782 and specifically honors individuals who have been wounded, or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat with a recognized enemy of the U.S. 

Signs identifying Bedford as a Purple Heart City will be placed at entrances to the City, in addition to a special upcoming traffic signal box design recognizing the designation. 

photo of City Council members and veterans holding signs designating Bedford as a Purple Heart City

Purple Heart City Traffic Signal Box Design Contest

To further commemorate the City’s status as a Purple Heart City, we are accepting submissions for a special traffic signal box design. Desired submissions will reflect the importance and honor of receiving a Purple Heart and serve as a visual statement of the City’s pride of being acknowledged as a Purple Heart City. Other than adherence to the theme, the only stipulation is the design should integrate the Purple Heart Medal into the artwork in some way. The project is open to artists of all ages, and you do not have to reside in Tarrant County to apply.

Purple Heart City Traffic Box graphic


Contest winners will be based upon appropriateness, creativity, craftsmanship, and adherence to the theme. The selected artist will be paid $300 for their work being chosen for this project. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 27

Artists should send completed designs to Krissi Oden at Krissi.Oden@bedfordtx.gov.

All traffic signal boxes will be vinyl wrapped based on winning designs. Entries can be in the form of a photograph, photograph of a painting or drawing, or a digital art work. Entries should be submitted in one of the following formats:

  • Photographs of paintings or work created by hand should be at least 4000 pixels.
  • Digital work should be sent in vector files.
  • High resolution PDFs are preferable.
  • If the design is completed using InDesign on a PC, please send a packaged .idml or .inx file with all linked images and fonts. If it was built on a Mac, please outline all type, and send a packaged. idml or .inx file with all linked images.

View additional information on the City's Traffic Signal Box Art Project.