The City of Claremore will issue an official proclamation declaring the community a “Purple Heart City” at the Claremore City Council meeting tonight (November 7) at 6 p.m. This recognition will be presented to the local chapter of the military order of the Purple Heart and to area residents in attendance who have been awarded this honorable distinction.
The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military award, was first established by General George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782 and specifically honors individuals who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat. More than 900 Purple Heart locations are in the United States, honoring the 1.6 million Purple Heart recipients.
“By designating Claremore a Purple Heart City, we’re committing to remembering the acts of resiliency of those who so selflessly defended our freedoms,” said Claremore City Manager, John Feary.
The City welcomes all residents interested in expressing gratitude to these brave service members to attend the proclamation ceremony. The designation occurs the week of Veteran’s Day, which is recognized annually on November 11.
“It is with much admiration, honor and respect that we recognize all veterans and Purple Heart Recipients,” Feary said. “These soldiers answered the call when our nation needed them the most, and they paid the ultimate price to protect the freedoms that make this country great.”
Those interested in learning more about National Purple Heart Communities, supporting the Purple Heart Patriot Project can visit www.PurpleHeartMission.org.