Purple Heart Ceremony in a Purple Heart City; Henderson

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By: Megan Way | Photos by: Su Phelps
The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.
Since 1932, August 7th has been celebrated as Purple Heart Day. To honor the men and women who have been wounded or killed in military services. Commander of Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapter 730 Len Yelinek says, “We have no idea how many Purple Heart recipients there are in Nevada, we figure there are more than two thousand; but on behalf of all of Purple Heart recipients whether they’re in the military order or not, I thank you for being here today”
Six roses were placed in front of the Purple Heart monument in honor of the Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines. “They represent our unity, fellowship and respect to all our fallen comrades and citizens.”
Among the many attendees, was Past Henderson Councilwoman Gerri, Henderson Councilwoman Michelle Romero, Henderson Police Chief Thedrick Andres, Representative for Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto, Representatives for Congresswoman Susie Lee Jahaira Farias and Chris, Representative for Congressman Steve Horsford and Deputy Director of NDVS Fred Wagner