By Ethan Colbert
During a brief ceremony on Monday evening, the City of Bowling Green officially became the state’s latest city to be designated as a “Purple Heart City.”
A Purple Heart is given to any armed forces member wounded or killed in combat.
According to Bryce Lockwood, the Chaplain of the Military Order of the Purple Heart organization, the Purple Heart is a medal no service member seeks to obtain.
“It truly represents the high price that we pay for our freedom,” Lockwood said during his presentation to the Board of Aldermen.
He later went on to say that only six-tenths of one percent of the millions of Americans who have served in the United States military have received the Purple Heart.
City Administrator Barb Allison previously told the Times that she saw the city’s Purple Heart City designation as a way to honor those service members who have received the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart City designation is given by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and serves as both a thank you to veterans and a reminder to the community of the sacrifices service men and women made.
In anticipation of Monday night’s meeting, the Board of Aldermen previously ordered four signs that read, “Purple Heart City.”
The signs will be installed along U.S. Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 54, according to City of Bowling Green Public Works Director Bo Stinnett.
On Monday, Stinnett said he was awaiting final confirmation from officials with the Missouri Department of Transportation as to where the signs could be placed.
Lockwood ended his remarks by saying he and his colleagues with the Military Order of the Purple Heart appreciated the support of the Bowling Green community.
“It is heartwarming to us to have the appreciation and support of your community,” Lockwood said.