- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - The efforts of an Appleton man will allow Wisconsin drivers to affix “In God We Trust” license plates to their cars beginning next year.

The new plate was established Tuesday when David Hinds presented a $9,000 check to the state Department of Transportation for computer and design costs, Post-Crescent Media (https://post.cr/1t2E8VW ) reported. The effort also required an act of the Legislature.

The optional license plate, which will raise money for local veterans, features an American flag in the background. Hinds gifted a $1,271 check to the Wisconsin Veterans Trust and addressed a crowd at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2778 in Appleton on Tuesday.

“We owe our freedom of religion and all of our freedoms to the veterans that have served our country to protect these freedoms,” Hinds said. “None of this would ever have been possible without God’s grace working in so many individual hearts.”

State legislators and Fox Valley officials praised Hinds’ hard work at the event. He began raising money for the plate in July 2011.

The Department of Transportation says the “In God We Trust” license plates will be available after the first of the year.

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Information from: Post-Crescent Media, https://www.postcrescent.com

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