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

Post Date:08/07/2019 2:54 PM

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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, 2019

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

ATLANTA – Tonight after 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 Aug. 7, National Purple Heart Day recognizes those in the military who have been wounded or killed and awarded the prestigious medal.  

“The freedom and inalienable rights we cherish as American citizens do not exist by happenstance – they have always been fought for,” said Atlanta City Council President Felicia A. Moore. “On this National Purple Heart Day, we honor the courageous Purple Heart recipients who have made immeasurable sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms. To you and your families, we say thank you.” 

Atlanta joined more than 1,400 cities nationwide when it became a Purple Heart City on Jan. 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.

“On behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Atlanta Chapter 465, I wish to express to the Atlanta Veterans Council, the City of Atlanta, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport our deepest appreciation for all that everyone does for Purple Heart recipients, and all veterans groups,” said Lou Zayas, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Atlanta Chapter 465. “Your support is outstanding and gives us a deep sense of gratitude. Thank you all.”

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.

“While Atlanta and our nation are indebted to all our veterans, those who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal have marked paid to that blank check they once wrote in favor of Uncle Sam by having been wounded in combat,” said Chris Balch, chairperson of the City of Atlanta Commission of Veterans Affairs. “The Purple Heart is our nation’s oldest decoration and it is fitting that the City honors her combat-wounded veterans each year by turning City Hall purple.”

Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Atlanta Chapter 465 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.

About Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta. It acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: Antonio Brown; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

To learn more about the Atlanta City Council, please visit http://citycouncil.atlantaga.gov/. For the latest updates, follow the Atlanta City Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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