Macon County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to proclaim Macon County a Purple Heart County to recognize local citizens who have served in the military.
Commander of Chapter 639 Military Order of the Purple Heart Lenny Lazzara presented the board with the proclamation during the March meeting of the board. The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to any member of the United States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.
The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, chartered by an Act of Congress, is to foster an environment of goodwill among the combat wounded veteran members and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and most importantly — make sure we never forget.
Commissioners expressed their unanimous support, and took time to praise the men and women who have represented Macon County in wars throughout history.
“After visiting Arlington Cemetery for several hours, you can see why it’s very easy to vote for this proclamation,” said Commissioner Ronnie Beale.
By proclaiming Macon County a Purple Heart county, local leaders pledge to continue to recognize the service and sacrifice of past and future veterans.