CLAREMORE, Okla. – There are more than 100 cities in the state of Oklahoma named Purple Heart Cities and on Monday night Claremore was added to the list.
The oldest military award, the Purple Heart, is awarded to those injured or killed in service.
The town of Claremore is home to hundreds of veterans, some dating back to the Vietnam War. The city has multiple resources for veterans, including the Claremore Veterans Hospital, the VFW, the American Legion, and the Center for Disabled American Veterans, but the way the city remembers its fallen heroes has earned it city accolade. with a purple heart.
“It is above all an honorable recognition for the city. That said, when people pass through a city like Claremore, which has three national highways, they are honoring veterans. They remember their veterans,” said Mitch Reed, a Vietnam veteran.
Reed is a two-time Purple Heart recipient. He said cities that receive this honor have shown their unwavering support for veterans and Purple Heart recipients. And once the distinction is made, the signs go up.
“We expect to do entrance signs as people come in. We have our welcome signs to Claremore and it will also indicate a purple hearted community and we are just proud of that. We get nothing but the privilege of honoring those who have sacrificed so much,” said City Manager John Feary.
Feary said it was about showing the community that they are here for our nation’s heroes and will continue to remember, honor and showcase their bravery and sacrifice.
Feary said this statement comes at the perfect time, just before Veterans Day and it will be just another way to show our veterans here in Rogers County that we are here for them.
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