soldiers receive the Purple Heart award after being wounded in service, but it's
not often you hear of a city receiving the award.
City of Waterville is now a Purple Heart City, and it's the first one in
Purple Heart was introduced in 1782 when General George Washington wanted to
honor brave men who served in the armed forces. Since World War I, an estimated
1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded to wounded veterans.
Mayor Lori Brodie says when Daniel and Barbara Cannode, from the Military Order
of the Purple Heart – Toledo Chapter, approached her with the idea of becoming
a Purple Heart City, she couldn't turn it down.
Cannodes] happen to be from Waterville, and I think they felt it was important
to start here," Brodie said. "They want to expand to several cities…it was an
honor that they came out to recognize our city."
far, there are six cities and one county in Ohio that have received the honor.
The local Purple Heart chapter is looking to expand so they can increase awareness
of combat-wounded men and women.
important every day to remember that we're free because people have gone to
fight for us," Brodie said.
Military Order of the Purple Heart – Toledo Chapter presented the city with a
purple flag to honor all that have received the award. It will be raised every
August 7 to honor Purple Heart Day.