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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Springfield, VA - July 31, 2010

Military Order of the Purple Heart National Convention in Orlando, Florida

This annual event brings together the Commanders and delegates of the Order’s Regions, Departments, Chapters and Units to elect the National Leadership of the Order for the upcoming year.  Delegates will participate in training sessions, review the business of the past year, approve new governing amendments and organizational bylaw changes, and set an agenda for coming year.

This year, the MOPH will honor two American Patriots who have dedicated their lifework to recognizing the sacrifices of our nation’s fallen heroes.  Mr. Morrill Worchester, owner of the Worchester Wreath Company, started the Wreaths Across America program in 1992, with wreath laying ceremonies at over 400 Sites, including National and local cemeteries and monuments all across the United States and 24 Veteran Cemeteries overseas.  Mr. David Hall, owner of the nation’s only traveling, working Liberty Bell, travels the across the country to participate in ceremonies and funerals to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our Liberty.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) of the U.S.A. Inc.," 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 VAVA program, MOPH volunteers provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veteran Homes.

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