On Feb. 14, 2013 Purple Heart Trail officials declared Pulaski a Purple Heart County joining in the states effort to honor those veterans who have been wounded or killed while in military service to our country. The declaration follows legislative action which made Missouri's entire sections of Interstate 44 and 70 a Purple Heart Trail.

 The Commissioners of Pulaski County invite everyone to celebrate this unique designation becoming the first Purple Heart County in the state of Missouri.  The event will be held Monday, Mar. 25 at 9 a.m. A ceremony on the Waynesville Square to honor the sacrifices of our nation's men and women in uniform serving to protect our freedoms as the Commissioners accept the award and raise the Purple Heart Flag.

The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Purple Heart Trail originates in Mount Vernon, Va., and traverses the United States to California.