First Purple Heart County in Georgia?

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By Tia Lyn Lecorchick staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners is in the process of drafting a proclamation in order to possibly become the first Purple Heart County in the state of Georgia.

Scott Sellers, commander of the Morgan County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and John Crammer, chaplain for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, asked the BOC to create a proclamation, as is required by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, to become a Purple Heart county.

“It’s very simple. The idea is to recognize the service and sacrifice of purple heart recipients,” said Crammer.

“It’s about getting this information out to the public as a way to honor veterans’ sacrifice and service.”

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a congressionally-chartered veteran service organization that is spearheading the Purple Heart Trail campaign which originally aimed “create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments that give tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.”

Now, entire cities, counties and entire states are eligible to become Purple Heart memorial. As of now, only the city of Port Wentworth is an honorary Purple Heart city.

No counties have yet received the title. The Purple Heart medal is awarded to veterans who suffered wounds during the combat of war. Sellers estimated that there are about seven living purple heart recipients in Morgan County.

“It is the only medal that no one wants to win,” said Sellars. “But it is an honor to be awarded with it.”

Michael Lamar, BOC member, committed to complete the proclamation by the first Tuesday in March. Once the county is declared a Purple Heart County, the county can opt to post Purple Heart memorial signs to honor Purple Heart recipients and educate the public about the Purple Heart.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea to honor the people who have made these sacrifices. I am very supportive of it. I think it’s a wonderful way to show our support as a county,” said Ellen Warren, BOC member.

“It definitely isn’t an award anyone wants to win, but it certainly is an award to be proud of,” said Andy Ainslie, chairman of the BOC.

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