Purple Heart

This award, the modern form of the original Purple Heart established by General George Washington in 1782, is conferred on any person wounded in action while serving with the Armed Forces of the United States. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin of personnel killed or having died of wounds received in action after April 5, 1917. Illustration by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x6 inches @200 ppi.

Every November names of veterans are added to the Purple Heart honor roll during the Veterans Dinner.

The honor roll recognizes the service of military veterans who were wounded in action and were either born and raised in Madison County, entered the service in Madison County or have lived in Madison County the last three years.

This year’s five enrollees in the Purple Heart honor roll include Eugene Cope, Robert Davis, Charles Gill, David Roesler and Michael Williams. All will also be inducted into the Madison County Military Heritage Commission’s Hall of Heroes that evening.

The dinner is Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Von Braun Center South Hall.

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