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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

Arlington, VA - September 13, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart Honors Military Nurses at Arlington National Cemetery

On Friday, September 10, 2010, MOPH National Commander Clayton Jones and the entire national leadership team of the Military Order of the Purple Heart joined representatives of each of the military services to pay special tribute to all military nurses who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces and to lay a wreath at Section 21, Arlington National Cemetery.

L-R: RADM Niemyer, MGEN Horoho, COL Sykes, MOPH Commander Clayton Jones

 

This annual ceremony pays homage to the dedication and sacrifice of the military nurses from all of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.  Nestled on a slight rise against a background of evergreens, the heroic size white marble statue of a nurse in uniform overlooks the rows of white tablets that mark the final resting place of those Army, Navy, and Air Force nurses who so valiantly earned the right to lie in Section 21 at Arlington, also called the “Nurses Section.”  The “Spirit of Nursing” monument was carved by Frances Rich, an actress and sculptor, who died at the age of 97 in 2007 and is herself buried in Section 21, having served during WWII as special assistant to Mildred McAfee, the Navy WAVES director, and then retired in 1946 as a Lieutenant Commander.

Taking part in this moving ceremony were National Commander Clayton Jones, Senior Vice Commander Bill Hutton, and Junior Vice Commander Bruce McKenty.  Representing the military nurses were Rear Admiral Elizabeth S. Niemyer, Director, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and Deputy Chief, Wounded, Ill, and Injured; Major General Patricia D. Horoho, Chief, Army Nurse Corps and Deputy Surgeon General;, and Colonel Donnalee Sykes, Director of Air Force Nursing Services and Chief, Officer Force Development, Office of the Surgeon General, HQ USAF.  Members of the MOPH were joined in the ceremony by nurses of each of the military services from throughout the National Capital Area Region.  Following the wreath laying, a reception was held for all participants at the “Women in Military Service for America” Memorial at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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