Vernon County designated "Purple Heart County"
A small crowd gathered in the Vernon County Courthouse Tuesday morning to attend a ceremony naming Vernon County a "Purple Heart County." Commander Walt Schley with the Department of Missouri Military Order of the Purple Heart was on hand to present a plaque during the ceremony. The plaque read, "The Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award is bestowed with pride to Vernon County, Missouri for your dedication and support honoring America's combat wounded veterans becoming a Purple Heart County. Presented by the Patriot Members of Chapter 115, Department of Missouri Military Order of the Purple Heart USA.” The Purple Heart is the medal awarded to all United States military members who have been wounded or killed in combat.
Also speaking were Presiding Commissioner Joe Hardin, Senator Ed Emery, and Missouri State Representative Patricia Pike.
“A couple weeks ago, Vernon County signed a proclamation designating it as a Purple Heart County,” stated Hardin at the beginning of the ceremony. “Mr. Schley and his crew have been working very hard and we’re extremely honored. This is an expression of gratitude to all our men and women who have served, who are serving, and especially those who were wounded or ultimately gave their life to protect our freedom.”
“We want to publicly, for years to come, just show our residents as well as anyone and everyone who travels through Vernon County that we are proud supporters of our past serving men and women, our current, and as well as our future for years to come,” continued Hardin.
“We are blessed with many freedoms that all come from our service individuals.”