(Dublin, OH) Dublin City Council, at its July 26 meeting, declared Dublin a Purple Heart City, showing gratitude for the military and veterans. Mayor Chris Amorose Groomes delivered an official proclamation to recognize the designation.
The Purple Heart Medal is the oldest military honor, established in August 1782 by George Washington as the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The medal is awarded in the name of the President to those wounded or killed while serving with the United States Armed Forces. An estimated 1.7 million veterans since World War I have received the honor.
At its November 12, 2020, meeting, the Veterans Committee voted to recommend that Dublin City Council proclaim the City of Dublin a Purple Heart City. The measure was led by committee member and Purple Heart recipient Sean Clifton, who will speak at the July 26 meeting.
Any city or community may display their honor and remembrance of our nation’s veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms by proclaiming itself a Purple Heart City. To be declared a Purple Heart City involves the mayor and/or City Council delivering an official proclamation, which is then presented to the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
“By proclaiming Dublin a Purple Heart City, the City will effectively communicate commitment, acceptance and safety to military residents and traveling veterans alike,” City Manager Dana L. McDaniel said
Dublin will post roadside Purple Heart City signs near the entrances of the City. Additionally, Dublin will designate a citywide Purple Heart day, which will serve as an opportunity for the community to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by the heroes who have served in the United States armed forces. Dublin will designate Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day, which aligns with the National Purple Heard Day. The Dublin Link will be lit purple and white to honor this occasion.
There are more than 40 Purple Heart communities in Ohio, including Columbus, Gahanna, Grove City, Delaware and Franklin County.
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