At the Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, the Board of Aldermen proclaimed Parkville to be a Purple Heart City. In becoming a Purple Heart City, the city pays special recognition to its residents who are Purple Heart Medal recipients.
The Purple Heart is the country’s oldest military decoration, having had its start as the Badge of Military Merit, which was established by Gen. George Washington, then commander of the Continental Army. It is a prestigiou
s medal awarded to any member of the armed forces who has been wounded or lost under combat conditions. The Military Order of the Purple Heart, which was chartered by Congress as a veterans’ organization whose members have received the medal, presides over the Purple Heart City designation.
A plaque was given to the City during the meeting by Walt Schley, Senior Vice-Commander of the Missouri Military Order of the Purple Heart. Several local veterans attended the Board of Aldermen meeting.
Mayor Nan Johnston said, “The Purple Heart City designation exemplifies the Parkville community’s deepest gratitude to the members of the armed forces who were injured in active combat while protecting our freedoms.”
Signs identifying Parkville as a Purple Heart City will be placed at the entrances of the city limits.
For more information about the designation, contact City Clerk Melissa McChesney at (816) 741-7676.