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Lyndeborough joins the ranks of “Purple Heart towns”

  • Lyndeborough Select Board members Mark Chamberlain, Fred Douglas and Rick Donovan stand with Marie Grella, and Lyndeborough veterans Paul Martin, Art Napolitano and Walter Holland after signing a declaration to make Lyndeborough a Purple Heart Community during its board meeting Wednesday.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/10/2019 5:00:48 PM

With several veterans in attendance, the Select Board signed a proclamation Wednesday, designating Lyndeborough as a Purple Heart Community.

“Citizens of our community have been wounded in action and killed in action while serving in the armed forces and have been awarded the Purple Heart for their services,” Lyndeborough Selectman Mark Chamberlain said while reading from a declaration at the board’s meeting on Wednesday.

Several Lyndeborough veterans, including Walter Holland, Art Napolitano and Purple Heart recipient Paul Martin attended the meeting Wednesday to witness the Select Board sign the proclamation.

Today, the Purple Heart is given to men and women wounded or killed in combat, but it was originally awarded by George Washington in 1782 to recognize meritorious service in combat. It is the nation’s oldest military award. 

Holland served in the Army from 1966-1970, and while he never was deployed to Vietnam, he said, he had both friends and family members who were and were either injured or killed.

“It means a lot,” Holland said, of the community declaring itself in support of Purple Heart veterans. “It’s important that the government recognizes it, but I think it more important that the community recognizes those people who live among us. I think it just gives recognition to all of the veterans that our community cares.”

Becoming a Purple Heart community means Lyndeborough will join 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. Milford, New Ipswich and Greenville have also become Purple Heart communities in the Monadnock Region. 

The Select Board announced that moving forward, the town will officially celebrate the national Purple Heart Day on Aug. 7. The town will also receive placards announcing Lyndeborough as a Purple Heart town to place at the town lines. 


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