Becoming A Purple Heart Community

On Friday, July 4, Mayor Paul Wellenberger will sign a proclamation declaring Fairfield Bay a “Purple Heart Community.”
The Purple Heart was created by General George Washington in 1782 as a badge of honor and distinction. The award the General created at that time was in essence the forerunner of our current Medal of Honor. After the war and the establishment of the nation and its armed forces, other medals and awards were created to recognize acts of courage and resolve.
Eventually, the military recognized the need for an award that recognized the fact that our service men and women were wounded during military conflict. Washington’s Medal of Merit was resurrected and designed based upon his original description. It became known as The Purple Heart.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart today serves to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.
One program to promote patriotism and recognize the contributions of our wounded veterans is the designation of highways in the various states as a part of the Purple Heart Trail. Another is to recognize cities and communities as Purple Heart Cities.
By designating itself as a Purple Heart Community, Fairfield Bay is honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform, wounded or killed by the enemy, while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.
You can find more information about The Military Order of the Purple Heart and the full story of the Purple Heart Medal by visiting http://www.purpleheart.org/Default.aspx .

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