Recipients Encouraged to Contact Town Ahead of National Purple Heart Day This Friday
AVON — The Town of Avon and the Avon Board of Selectmen are encouraging local Purple Heart recipients to contact the town ahead of its Purple Heart Day ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7.
Avon residents who are Purple Heart recipients are encouraged to contact Veterans Services Officer Dale Kurtz at 508-613-1315 and they will be invited to attend the town’s Purple Heart ceremony on Aug. 7 at the Avon Town Hall.
The ceremony will honor local Purple Heart recipients as well as recognize the town’s June designation as a Purple Heart Community.
The ceremony is closed to the public as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be recorded by Avon Community Access & Media and broadcast at a later date.
The Purple Heart medal is presented to U.S. military service members who have been wounded or killed by enemy fire. It was originally awarded by George Washington in 1782 to recognize meritorious service in combat. It is the nation’s oldest and one of the most distinguished military awards. The community designation is given by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat wounded veterans that works on legislative initiatives and provides services for veterans and their families.