Tribute to Purple Heart medal holders

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At the request of the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (SDDVA), Governor Kristi Noem has proclaimed Sun., Aug. 7, 2022, as “Purple Heart Recognition Day,” calling on all South Dakotans to honor those men and women who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.

The Purple Heart, our nation’s oldest military medal, is awarded to those service men and women who have borne the battle, sacrificing life and limb.

“August 7 is a date to honor the brave men and women who have earned the Purple Heart,” said Greg Whitlock, Secretary of the SDDVA. “It unites our country in recognizing the sacrifices of those who have risked everything in serving our great nation.”

SDDVA encourages all South Dakotans to set aside time on Aug. 7 to pay tribute to our heroes who have been honored with the Purple Heart. It is important for all Americans to learn the history of this important military award, and the sacrifices made by the recipients.

De Smet’s American Legion Post 138 will be hosting a local ceremony to honor recipients of this military honor. The commemoration will be held on Sun., Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the De Smet Event and Wellness Center, located at 705 Wilder Lane. The event is open to the public; admission is free, and cake and coffee will be served afterward.

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