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Atlanta City Hall to be Illuminated in Honor of National Purple Heart Day

Post Date:08/07/2018 1:09 PM

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Council Communications 
Atlanta City Hall 
55 Trinity Ave. S.W.  
Atlanta, GA 30303 

 

CONTACT:  
Talia Moffitt 
Public Information Officer – Council Communications  
(404) 546-1835 / (404) 326-6506 
tkmoffitt@atlantaga.gov 

August 7, 2018 

Atlanta City Hall to be Illuminated in Honor of National Purple Heart Day

ATLANTA – Tonight at 8 p.m., the Atlanta City Hall tower at 68 Mitchell Street SW will be illuminated purple in honor of National Purple Heart Day.  

Observed every year on August 7, National Purple Heart Day recognizes those in the military who have been wounded or killed and awarded the prestigious medal.  

“While we can never repay our service men and women for their commitment and unselfish sacrifice to protect our country and its citizens, today I wear purple in my heart and soul as we pay tribute and respect on this special day, Purple Heart Day,” said Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore.  

Atlanta joined more than 1,400 cities across the nation when it became a Purple Heart City on January 5, 2015 through a city council proclamation. The designation affirms that Atlanta will forever honor the members of our armed forces and acknowledge their sacrifices to defend our freedom. 

“It is an honor to have Atlanta show its support to all veterans, and on this special day, to those that gave their all and received wounds in the service of this great country," said Lou Zayas, senior vice commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Atlanta Chapter 465. "I am proud to call Atlanta a Purple Heart City and wish to extend my humble appreciation to all that made this tribute possible.”  

The Purple Heart is a combat decoration and our nation’s oldest military medal. It was first created by General George Washington in 1782, then known as the Badge of Military Merit. More than 1.8 million Purple Heart medals have been awarded. 

“The city of Atlanta Commission on Veterans Affairs is proud to participate in the council’s recognition of these warriors and their families and encouraging the annual memorialization of our service men and women who sacrificed so much in defense of our nation,” said Chris Balch, chairperson of the city of Atlanta Commission of Veterans Affairs.  

Members of the veteran community and the Atlanta Commission on Veterans Affairs are gathering on the steps of Atlanta City Hall (68 Mitchell Street entrance) at 8 p.m. tonight for a photo opportunity. 

 

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