“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” This famous statement by Winston Churchill perfectly reflects my feelings as we approach Veteran’s Day and honor the brave men and women who have proudly served in the United States Armed Forces.
On Monday, November 7, the City of Claremore will issue an official proclamation declaring our community a “Purple Heart City.” This recognition will be presented to the local chapter of the military order of the Purple Heart and to area residents in attendance who have been awarded this honorable distinction.
The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military award, was first established by General George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782 and specifically honors individuals who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat. More than 900 Purple Heart locations are in the United States, honoring the 1.6 million Purple Heart recipients. By proclaiming Claremore a Purple Heart City, we’re committing to remembering the acts of resiliency of those who so selflessly defended our freedoms.
We welcome all citizens interested in expressing gratitude to these brave service members to join us for the proclamation ceremony. I also encourage you to save the date for the Claremore Veteran’s Day Parade, which will begin at 11:11 a.m. on Friday, November 11. This year’s Grand Marshal is Bill Parker, one of the heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the first wave.
It is with much admiration, honor and respect that we honor and recognize all Veterans and Purple Heart Recipients. These soldiers answered the call when our nation needed them the most, and they paid the ultimate price to protect the freedoms that make this country great. So, as we approach Veteran’s Day, I encourage you to think about the courageous and selfless men and women that gave all so we can enjoy this beautiful weekend.
There are no words of gratitude that could ever express my feelings of admiration and appreciation for our military service members and their families. Never forget that freedom is not free.
All my best,
John W. Feary