Veterans sacrificed to serve our country, now one area county is honoring that service in a special way.
Miller County is now a Purple Heart County as a salute to the service and sacrifices of our military.
“It’s to recognize people that got wounded in action during a time of war, and that’s a big deal,” said Greg Beck with the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart made the proclaimation March 13.
“It is a huge honor to have Miller County as a Purple Heart,” said Miller County Judge Cathy Harrison.
The county applied for the designation, and Harrison said it is just the first of a list of recognitions she wants to bring to honor these heroes, including designating some county roads as a part of the Purple Heart Trail.
“Any way that we can honor veterans for the sacrifices they made for our country, we need to do that,” said Harrison.
“They bled for this country,” said Beck. “So, we need to remember that.”
The Purple Heart dates back to the days of George Washington, and is the oldest military medal still in use today. It’s awarded to military men and women wounded in combat or by an act of international terrorism.
And these veterans are working to raise awareness about the selfless service of these military members across the Natural State – one plaque at a time.
“Our goal is to get all 70 counties in the state of Arkansas as Purple Heart counties,” said Carder Ferguson with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
“They made our country what it is today,” said Harrison. “I can’t imagine where we’d be had it not been for the sacrifices that they made.”
Columbia and Lafayette Counties were also recognized by the organization as Purple Heart Counties.