City to Honor Purple Heart Recipients on Sept. 12

Posted on August 25, 2017


Purple Heart SignThe West Carrollton City Council will honor local Purple Heart recipients during a city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Civic Center, 300 E. Central Ave.

During the meeting, the city council will recognize “Purple Heart Day” and recognize West Carrollton as a “Purple Heart City.”

“By issuing this proclamation, the council aims to acknowledge the extraordinary selfless service of the veterans and active military personnel in our community,” said Mayor Jeff Sanner. “We hope that any Purple Heart recipients or their loved ones will plan to attend the Sept. 12 meeting.”

Members of the Ohio chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Honor Guard will lead the pledge of allegiance and accept the proclamation during the meeting. Members of the Hammond Memorial VFW Post 3438 will also be in attendance.

National Purple Heart Day, which takes place annually on Aug. 7, honors the recipients of the oldest American military decoration. The origins of the award dates back to Aug. 7, 1782, when then-General George Washington created the badge of Military Merit.

The Purple Heart is now awarded to members of the Armed Forces wounded in combat with an enemy force, or posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces killed in combat.

The Purple Heart has been awarded to an estimated 1.7 million people. However, it is unknown how many recipients live in the Miami Valley area.

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