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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

McAllen, TX - May 18, 2010


The Public, and especially all Veterans, are invited to join Chapter 5077 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas in honoring all the military members who gave their lives in the service of our Nation on Monday, May 31, 2010, at 10:00 am, at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, located next to the City of McAllen Convention Center at 29th Street and Galveston Street.  This year we pay special tribute to the 402 Military Chaplains killed in action with the dedication of a granite wall inscribed with the photos and citations of the three Vietnam era Chaplains who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed on the U.S. military for valorous actions and courageous deeds under enemy fire.  They are Army Chaplain (CPT) Angelo J. Liteky, Marine Chaplain (LT) Vincent R. Capodonna, and Army Chaplain (MAJ) Charles J. Watters. 
Frank Plummer, President of the War Memorial and a member of Chapter 5077, will be joined by Chapter 5077 Commander Tony Cordova, MOPH National Chaplain Richard Jenkins, Chaplain Emeritus Conrad “The Jumpin’ Deacon” Walker, MOPH Region V Commander Federico Rey, and other national Veteran Service Organizations for the dedication of the Chaplains’ Wall.  The ceremony will also include the dedication of a special wall for the 173d Airborne Brigade by Colonel Bob Trdla and SGT Santiago Krummel, the laying of a Wreath of Remembrance, and a special warrior tribute of tribal drums, song, and dance for our serving Armed Forces by Dr. Richard Soto and the South Texas Indian Dancers.  You are encouraged to visit the Veteran’s War website at: http://www.mcallen.net/veterans/default.aspx  to get an appreciation of this beautiful and patriotic memorial.

        Veterans War Memorial of Texas

Vietnam Chaplain’s Medal of Honor Wall

In November, 2010 construction is scheduled to begin on the 105' black granite, "American Spire of Honor", located at the center of the 5 acre Memorial.  It is a symbol of the honor and remembrance of the American people for the approximately 1.3 million U.S. military men and women who either gave their lives or are missing while defending our nation.  Donations of $100 or more will entitle the donor to have their name inscribed on a black granite wall near the Spire base and be recognized as a Guardian of the "American Spire of Honor".
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:

VWMT President, Frank Plummer at 956-631-2511, or email at: plummerf@att.net
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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