Howard County was designated as a Purple Heart County during today's meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court.
Jim Bracken, Chapter Commander for the Military Order of Purple Heart, Chapter 1919, advised that the purpose of the designation is to encourage people to reflect upon the men and women who have given their lives to serve their country. The designation will entitle the county to petition TXDOT to place the "Purple Heart County" signs along the sides of roads. This will encourage passersby to reflect on the men and women who have given their lives for our freedoms.
"We are so proud of our men and women that have served in the military. This is one more way to honor them by designating Howard County as a purple heart county," said Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman.
"We are just so very proud of our military connection and our military heroes here in Howard County," she continued.
According to Bracken, there are approximately 60-65 counties already designated as Purple Heart Counties in Texas.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use. It was initially created as a badge of military merit by George Washington in 1782. It is the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier; specifically awarded to members of the US armed forces who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat.