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Purple Heart Day: Honor those who served

By Staff | Aug 6, 2021

To the editor:

This Saturday, Aug. 7, we as a nation honor and recognize the sacrifices of our combat wounded and killed in action military veterans. Although this observance may not come with fireworks and large parades, it does afford every American citizen the time to reflect on the sacrifices made by these heroes in the protection of our nation’s freedoms. “All gave some, some gave all.”

On many of our Purple Heart Monuments around this nation honoring those men and women we see the saying, “My stone is read for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind maybe peace will come in my lifetime.”

Please take the time this Saturday, Aug. 7, to honor our nation’s true heroes whose sacrifices gave and protected our nation’s freedoms.

From the words I recently read on a Purple Heart Monument while visiting San Diego in June, “You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who have fought for it, life has a flavor that the protected will never know.” Again, please take a moment this National Purple Heart Day to reflect and honor the sacrifices of those men and women from our nation who bear the Purple Heart. “MY HEROES.”

God Bless America!

Jack Wagner, Commander

Executive Staff & Membership

The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Chapter 696 – (Lee, Collier & Hendry Counties)