The City of Neosho is the latest municipality in Missouri to be designated a “Purple Heart City” by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
A formal presentation was held at the June 17 Neosho City Council meeting in which Mayor Pro Tem Charles Collinsworth accepted a plaque from MOPH officers to officially put Neosho on the National Purple Heart Trail.
Neosho joins nine counties and 24 other cities in Missouri in being granted the honor.
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 City of Neosho was recently approached by the Military of the Purple Heart and eagerly agreed to be designated a Purple Heart City as a way to honor American wounded combat veterans.
Signage at the entrances to the city limits may be a possibility in the future, pending the appropriate procedures for placing signage along US and State Highways.
The plaque presented to the City of Neosho reads: “The Military Order of the Purple Heart Special Recognition Award is bestowed with pride to the City of Neosho Missouri for your dedication and support in honoring America’s combat wounded veterans by becoming a Purple Heart City.”
“This is a great honor for the City of Neosho, especially considering the fact we have so many combat veterans living in our community, many of whom I’m sure are recipients of the Purple Heart,” said city Public Relations and Events Coordinator Wes Franklin. “The people who have bled for this country are especially deserving of recognition and we’re elated to be a part of that.”
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