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Purple Heart Day ceremony set for August 7

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters and Larry Shaw, regional commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, will be the main speakers during Purple Heart Day commemorative ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 7. The ceremony will be held at the Veterans’ Memorial at Memorial Park, beginning at 6 p.m.

Gloria Holzinger will welcome those in attendance and Chaplain Mike Smith of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689 will give the invocation. Colors will be posted by the VFW Post and the Legion Riders.

Wilbert “Curly” Seibold, who was held prisoner in Poland after his Air Force plane crashed in Germany during World War II, will place a ceremonial wreath.

Taryn Fusselman will sing the national anthem and a patriotic tribute. Other speakers will include regional and local VFW commanders and commanders of American Legion Posts #7, #85 and #160.

The Purple Heart was created on August 7, 1782, by George Washington, then commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The medal is awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces as a result of enemy action on or after April 5, 1917.