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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • First Purple Heart County in Missouri

  • History was made in the courthouse yesterday when Pulaski County officially became recognized as the first Purple Heart County in the state of Missouri by Purple Heart recipients for its dedication and support.
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  • History was made in the courthouse yesterday when Pulaski County officially became recognized as the first Purple Heart County in the state of Missouri by Purple Heart recipients for its dedication and support.
    Dozens of veterans, locals and politicians filled the courthouse to honor the veterans who have been wounded or killed while in military service and to support the county's respect of Purple Heart recipients.
    On Feb. 14, 2013 Purple Heart Trail officials declared Pulaski a Purple Heart County.
    A Purple Heart County is a community honoring the sacrifices of our nation's men and women in uniform serving to protect our freedoms with great admiration and gratitude for the military.
    Two-time Purple Heart recipient Commander Everett Kelly presented the Purple Heart Special Recognition award to the County.
    "This is for the dedication and support for the Purple Heart members as presented by the patrons of the state of Missouri to wear the purple heart," he said. "Thank you for letting us do this."
    Kelly explained that the Purple Heart is a unique reward in that only less than one percent of people in the military are eligible for it, and only half of those who are eligible for the award are alive to receive it.
    Presiding commissioner Gene Newkirk presented the proclamation which states:
    Together, members of the color guard, Purple Heart recipients, and Newkirk all raised the flag outside the courthouse.
    In 2013, the cities of St. Robert and Waynesville have individually received the Purple Heart City recognition.
    "Where as Pulaski County, Missouri and our community have much admiration for, and the utmost gratitude for all the men and women who have served for their country, this community, and the armed forces.
    Where as Veterans have paid the high price of freedom by leaving their families and communities and placing themselves in harm's way for the good of all.
    Where as the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the armed forces have been vital to maintain freedom and the way of life enjoyed by our citizens.
    Where as many men and women in uniform have given their lives while serving in the armed forces.
    Where as, many citizens of our county have received the purple heart metal as a result of being wounded while engaged in combat.
    Where as Pulaski County, Mo. seeks to recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Metal.
    Where as Pulaski County Commissioners desire to proclaim Pulaski County a Purple Heart County to honor the service and sacrifices to our nation's men and women in uniform who are wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect our freedom."
    Page 2 of 2 - Together, members of the color guard, Purple Heart recipients, and Newkirk all raised the flag outside the courthouse.
    In 2013, the cities of St. Robert and Waynesville have individually received the Purple Heart City recognition.


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