The Franklin County Commission Tuesday approved a resolution designating Franklin County a “Purple Heart County.”
Two officials with the Military Order of the Purple Heart were present to present the commission with a plaque.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is comprised of combat-wounded veterans, thanked Franklin County for the resolution.
The Purple Heart originated as the “Badge for Military Merit” ordered by Gen. George Washington.
“It is an award that no one wants to receive, and it represents the price of freedom,” said John Dismer, with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Paul Schmitz Sr. with the organization said he would also like to see Union become a Purple Heart City.
The county was presented with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award for its dedication and support of combat-wounded veterans.
Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer said he cannot begin to describe the horrors the Purple Heart recipients have seen at war. Those veterans are owed much gratitude, he added.
“We appreciate everything that you did for us,” Griesheimer added.
Mike Pate, the county’s military affairs and veterans affairs coordinator, said quite a few Franklin County residents have earned Purple Hearts.
County Counselor Mark Vincent said he and Pate have discussed developing a plaque with the names of all Franklin County residents who have received the Purple Heart. It could be placed in the Veterans Hall of Honor at the old courthouse or in the Franklin County Government Center, said Vincent, adding that his dad was a Purple Heart recipient.
County Auditor Tammy Vemmer also said her dad received the Purple Heart.