Neosho to become ‘Purple Heart City’ - KOAM TV 7

Neosho to become ‘Purple Heart City’



As a way to honor American wounded combat veterans, the City of Neosho will soon be designated a “Purple Heart City.”

The designation will come from the Military Order of the Purple Heart, with a formal presentation to be held at the Tuesday, June 17 City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at Neosho City Hall, 203 E. Main.

Neosho will join nine counties and 24 other cities in Missouri in becoming a Purple Heart City and will be added to the National Purple Heart Trail.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are wounded by the instrument of war in the hands of the enemy, and posthumously to the next of kin the name of those who are killed in action, killed of wounds received in action, or died as prisoners of war (POW) while in captivity. It is specifically a combat decoration.

The MOPH was formed in 1952 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans’ service organization comprises strictly of “combat” veterans. MOPH performs a variety of charitable work on behalf of hospitalized and needy veterans and their families.

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