HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF)- At Monday night’s council meeting, Huber Heights became a Purple Heart city, paying tribute to the veterans who gave some and those who gave all.
Every seat in the council chamber was filled as Mayor Gore and the council proclaimed September 24th Purple Heart Day and received the designation of a Purple Heart city.
Most of the audience members were local veterans.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart says that support is one reason why the city received the designation.
“It recognizes the city as being veteran friendly and they support the Purple Heart organization,” said Jerry Ferris with the Military Order of The Purple Heart.
Purple hearts are awarded to soldiers that are injured in battle. It’s also awarded to the next of kin of those wounded in battle.
October 10th will mark 50 years since Patricia Randall’s husband Michael was killed in Vietnam
“Wednesday, I had given birth to our daughter at Grissom Air Force Base and they came in Friday afternoon and told me he was dead,” Randall said. “He was shot four times, bayoneted twice and what killed him was an RPG to the chest. He was 21.”
Patricia Randall says she gave her children copies of their father’s Purple Heart medals so she could show them the honor in what he sacrificed for his country.
She attended the proclamation and designation ceremony to share her husband’s story and her pride in both him and the city.
“I’m very proud that Huber heights has gone that extra mile to let the veterans know that they appreciate them. It’s important,” Randall said.
Since the Purple Heart was created in 1932, nearly two million have been awarded to America’s veterans.