At the August 1, 2018 Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board members will vote to approve a proclamation claiming August 7th as Purple Heart Recognition Day. The Arizona State 53rd Legislature through Senate Bill 1089 officially proclaims August 7th of each year as Purple Heart Day and August 7th in each year, shall be observed as Purple Heart Day.
The proclamation will read:
WHEREAS, on August 7, 1782, General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit to honor enlisted soldiers of the Continental Army and was the first award made available to the common soldier to recognize outstanding valor or merit; and
WHEREAS, today this honor is known as the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart is an American military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to members of the Armed Forces wounded in combat, or posthumously to the next of kin for those killed or who died of wounds received in action by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy while serving. There are approximately 1.8 million Purple Hearts that have been awarded since 1932; and
WHEREAS, through the unselfish acts of their bravery and sacrifices in preservation of the United States of America, national interests at home and abroad, our citizens and communities are afforded the ability to maintain their freedom and way of life; and
WHEREAS, the Arizona State 53rd Legislature, officially proclaims August 7th of each year as Purple Heart Day; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors hereby proclaim August 7, 2018, as Purple Heart Day and August 5 – 11, 2018, as Purple Heart Week to recognize and honor our nation’s men and women who were killed in action, or became wounded in defense of our country, and, where we remember that ‘All gave some. Some gave all’;
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors would like to invite anyone living in Yavapai County that is a recipient of the Purple Heart award to attend the meeting at 9:00 AM in the Yavapai County Board Room at 1015 Fair St. in Prescott AZ. A copy of the signed proclamation will be given to Purple Heart recipients.