May 5, 2017
ASH FLAT — Veterans from several of America’s wars and supporters turned out to mark Sharp County’s new status as a Purple Heart County. The chilly and windy weather didn’t stop the approximately two dozen people from turning out on the gray Monday to witness the occasion.
“It brings awareness to residents who don’t know there is a lot of Purple Heart recipients here,” said Everett Evans, Military Order of the Purple Heart Commander for Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas.
Evans, an Army veteran, received a Purple Heart after being injured in Vietnam in May 1969.
Sharp County will be joining its neighbor Fulton County as a Purple Heart County. Nearby Horseshoe Bend in Izard County is a Purple Heart City.
Evans then presented a plaque to Moore from the MOPH Chapter 708 in northeast Arkansas.
The Purple Heart is the nation’s oldest military medal. It was created by General George Washington in 1782 and was known as the Badge of Military Merit. It was first awarded to three soldiers in Newburgh, New York.
“I’m so proud to be part of this,” Sharp County Judge Gene Moore said just before he read the proclamation, touching on the history of the Purple Heart, which is the oldest medal currently in use.
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