Greenville becomes second Purple Heart community in the state

  • Greenville has become the second Purple Heart Community in the state. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/19/2019 9:37:16 PM

Greenville has joined New Ipswich in becoming a Purple Heart community.

New Ipswich declared itself a Purple Heart community in 2017, becoming the first town in New Hampshire – and the only one to date – to do so. During its meeting on last week, the Greenville Select Board agreed to become the second.

Becoming a Purple Heart community means the town joins The Purple Heart Trail, a national series of roads, bridges, highways and other monuments and trails honoring soldiers who have received a purple heart medal.

The Purple Heart is the nations oldest military medal. Created by George Washington in 1782 to recognize meritorious service in combat, today it is given to men and women wounded or killed in combat.

Purple Heart communities or designated landmarks use signs or flags to indicate their support.

Greenville’s signs will be supplied to the town at no cost through the local chapter of the Purple Heart Trail in Nashua.

“We looked into it when New Ipswich did it, but it was brought to our attention again by a Purple Heart recipient in town,” Greenville Town Administrator Tara Sousa said at the board’s June 12 meeting.

Mike Sadowski, who is a member of the town’s Planning Board as well as a veteran and Purple Heart recipient, brought the idea of becoming part of the Purple Heart Trail forward to the town in May, and the Select Board expressed their support.

“Greenville appreciates the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients have made in defending our freedoms and believe it is important that we acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned,” a proclamation in support of becoming a Purple Heart community, reviewed by the board on June 12 reads.

The board intends to hold a ceremony to acknowledge becoming a Purple Heart community at a future significant date such as Veterans Day.

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