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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

New York City, NY  February 12, 2015

Upcoming New York City Ceremony to Honor the City's Purple Heart Recipients

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to announce that the New York City Council, Committee on Veterans, has proclaimed New York City as a "Purple Heart City."  By taking this action, the city of New York proclaims its support and appreciation for its native sons and daughters who were wounded or killed in combat by the enemies of the United States of America, defending the very freedoms that make this nation so great.  For their service and sacrifice they received the Purple Heart Medal.  New York City has a proud tradition of supporting and honoring our Nation's Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their families -- an inherent part of the heritage, tradition, spirit, and fabric of what makes New York City such a unique and special city.

The media and the public are invited to attend a ceremony at 11:00 AM, Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 26 Wall Street, New York City when the proclamation will be presented to the MOPH Department of New York.  The time and place is especially appropriate because the ceremony takes place on George Washington's birthday, at the site of a statue of Washington in front of Federal Hall, the first Capital building of the United States of America, marking the spot where George Washington was inaugurated as the nation's first President.  It was General George Washington who, on August 7, 1782, created the Badge of Merit, forerunner of the Purple Heart Medal, as the first military decoration for the common soldier of the Continental Army.

Attending will be State and City officials, members of the NYC Committee on Veterans, and the United Veterans War Council.  Also attending will be J. Patrick Little, National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Commander and members of the MOPH Department of New York.

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.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, (352) 753-5535
Department of New York Adjutant, Ruben Pratts, (347) 703-7150
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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