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Purple Heart Monument complete with pillars

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018

The Purple Heart committee gathered on Tuesday, August 21 for a photo to celebrate the completed Purple Heart Monument. The two granite pillars were installed this summer to completely finish the project.

Although the project is complete, the Veterans Service Office is still accepting names of Purple Heart recipients that are interested in having their or a family members name engraved on bricks to be place around the monument. The Purple Heart bricks are free to all Purple Heart recipients.

The left pillar shows the Purple Heart Monument was dedicated in November 2015. The plaque shows the monument was designed by USMC Sgt. Robert Holzinger, Jr., a Purple Heart recipient himself. The other pillar shows the Order of the Purple Heart. It reads The Purple Heart was established by George Washington and was first designated as The Badge of Military Merit; the Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces who, while serving under competent authority, in any capacity after April 5, 1917 has been wounded or killed.

The Purple Heart differs from all other decorations awarded to Armed Forces personnel in that an individual is not recommended for the Purple Heart decoration, but rather he or she is entitled to it upon meeting the specific criteria.

Shown in the photo from left, are Larry Jenks, Purple Heart committee; Chris Newton, Purple Heart committee; Steve Kimmel, co-chair, Purple Heart committee; Bruce Stanton, former Veterans Service Officer and a member of the Purple Heart committee; Brian Love, Mayor Brooks Fetters, Juanita Hedrick, Leslie Ackermann, Gloria Holzinger, co-chair, Purple Heart committee and Danielle Clements, Purple Heart committee.