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Fifty-one Purple Heart bricks installed on May 25

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016

The Purple Heart Monument located at the Veterans’ Memorial at Memorial Park now has fifty-one Purple Heart bricks installed. The bricks were installed by Clounie Landscaping on Wednesday, May 25. Bricks purchased between May 1 and October 15 will be laid for Veterans Day and bricks purchased after October 15 through April 30 will be laid for Memorial Day.

The initial fundraising went to purchase the Purple Heart monument and the bricks to be used for each Purple Heart recipient. Purple Heart recipients, or family members can have a Purple Heart installed by contacting the Veterans Service Office and filling out an application. The bricks are free to all Purple Heart recipients.

The committee will begin its second phase of the Purple Heart Monument this summer. The committee would like to raise around $10,000 to purchase two pillars and two plaques to be installed on either side of the monument. The first plaque will explain what the Purple Heart is, while the second plaque will show a list of all the donors to the project.

Donations for the pillars and plaques can be sent to: The Veterans County Recognition Fund in care of the Huntington County Veterans Service Office, 1350 S. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN 46750. Those who want a receipt for tax purposes should submit a request with their donation.

Shown in the photo from left are Tim Eckert, Veterans Service Officer; Larry Jenks, Purple Heart committee; Tom Clounie, owner, Clounie Landscaping; Anthony Goodnight, City Engineering Services; Steve Kimmel, executive director, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce and Purple Heart committee chair; Juanita Hedrick, Gloria Holzinger, both of the Purple Heart committee, and Mayor Brooks Fetters.