Daleville named a Purple Heart City

By Cassie Gibbs cgibbs@southeastsun.com

Daleville named a Purple Heart City
The City of Daleville was named a Purple Heart City on June 6, joining a long list of Wiregrass cities that honor those wounded in battle.Enterprise Chapter 2216 Military Order of the Purple Heart Commander Robert Green, State Commander of the Order David Vann Daughtry and Chapter 2216 member Gene "Skip" Bearman presented Mayor Jayme Stayton and with a certificate of appreciation and a reserved parking sign, which will designate a parking spot specifically for Purple Heart recipients.Councilmembers Bobby Hardrick, Marvin Wise and Alan Souders, all veterans, stood with Stayton as he accepted the certificate."This certificate of appreciation is gratefully presented to the city of Daleville, Ala. as a Purple Heart City in the State of Alabama in recognition and sincere appreciation of outstanding service and assistance contributing to the advancements of the programs of The Military Order of the Purple Heart, having the advancement of service for veterans, active military personnel and their families at the heart of many of your many programs," Daughtry read. "We would like to present this to the city, and we thank you very much."During its regular meeting on June 6, City Clerk Angelia Filmore read the proclamation designating Daleville as a Purple Heart City.The proclamation stated that the City of Daleville has "the utmost gratitude and admiration for all the men and women who have and are selfishly serving their country and this community in the armed forces."It recognized the sacrifice of serving in the military, including leaving their families and being placed in harm's way.It also recognized those who have served and received the Purple Heart medal as a result of being injured in battle."Whereas the City of Daleville seeks to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of Purple Heart medal," the proclamation reads.When presented the certificate of appreciation, Stayton thanked the representatives of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for their service."On behalf of all the citizens and the City of Daleville, I want to thank you for all you went through to allow us to be able to stand here and do this," he said. "Thank you."
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