Berea has a long-standing commitment to supporting veterans. My father was a World War II Army veteran. My father-n-law served in the Army during Vietnam. My family appreciates the sacrifices veterans and their loved ones make.
Our Veterans Outreach Office bolsters that commitment. I started the office in 2018 to reach out to local vets in a personal way, giving them information about benefits and also love and support during personal issues.
Inspired by World War II Navy veteran Tom Goebel, the City created the Boulevard of Heroes across the Front Street Bridge. The bridge is lined with flags to remember Berea military who lost their lives in combat.
For our ongoing pledge of support for veterans, The Military Order of the Purple Heart will bestow on Berea the title of Purple Heart City. The designation honors Berea’s commitment to all veterans, and we will especially recognize those who have received the Purple Heart medal.
The Purple Heart City ceremony will be at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Coe Lake Pavilion just prior to the Veterans Picnic, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. All veterans are invited to attend. Those who are Purple Heart recipients will be given special recognition.
The Purple Heart was established by General George Washington on Aug. 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War. Almost 2 million men and women have earned that medal for sustaining wounds in combat.
Please join me in honoring our Berea sons and daughters for their sacrifices.