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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Newark, OH - November 28, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Salutes the City of Newark, Ohio

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud and honored to salute Mayor Bob Diebold and the City Council of Newark, Ohio on the occasion of proclaiming Newark as the first Purple Heart City in Ohio. 
The public is invited to attend the Proclamation ceremony that will take place at 7:00 PM, Monday, December 5, 2011, at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 40 W. Main Street, Newark, Ohio.  In proclaiming itself a “Purple Heart City,” Newark pays special tribute to the brave servicemen and women who have either been killed or wounded in combat and honors not only Ohio’s Purple Heart recipients, but all veterans across the nation.
Receiving the Proclamation on behalf of Newark’s Glenn Cunningham Chapter 840, Military Order of the Purple Heart, will be the Chapter Commander, Russell Foit.  It was the initiative of Foit who, together with Chapter Adjutant Laird Lee and Finance Officer David Walz, met earlier this year with “Mayor Bob” to ask Newark to join other cities across the United States that have declared themselves a Purple Heart City.  In honor of this occasion, the city will fly the Military Order of the Purple Heart flag, provided by Chapter 840.  Also participating in the ceremony will be Anthony Kohl, Commander of the Department of Ohio, Richard Cherone, Region II Commander, and other members of MOPH Chapter 840 and the MOPH Ladies Auxiliary.

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 combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women 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, through veteran service, 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 selflessly provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
MOPH Chapter 840 Commander, Russell Foit, 740-366-5622
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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