Baton Rouge declared Purple Heart City

Baton Rouge is officially becoming a Purple Heart City.
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 4:22 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 4:45 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge is officially a Purple Heart City.

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council passed a resolution declaring the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge as a Purple Heart City and Parish during their meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Part of the ordinance states: “Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, and the members of the Metropolitan Council, do hereby proclaim, and recognize the great sacrifices of Purple Heart Medal recipients, and honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform, wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect our freedoms. Be it respectfully requested that the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to the Parish Clerk of Court, Doug Welborn, for certification, and that such certified enrollment will be used to officiate the parish as a Purple Heart Parish with the Military Order of the Purple Heart.”

According to the mayor’s office, this effort serves as a statement of support for military personnel, veterans, and families of those who have served through the Armed Services. It is important to remember not only those who gave their lives in service and the Gold Star Families left behind but also Purple Heart veterans and their families, whose lives were forever changed by injuries received in combat.

Officials say signs commemorating this proclamation are planned for Baton Rouge gateways. They will be unveiled during a later ceremony celebrating the community’s commitment to supporting local service members and veterans and honoring Purple Heart Veterans and Gold Star Families.

This event coincides with Purple Heart Day, which is Aug. 7.

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