Wilton joins “Purple Heart” communities

  • Back row: Gary Jensen, Post Commander; Maria Grella of Amherst; Auxiliary members Linda Raymond and Nancy Brochu. Front row: Select Board members Kellie-Sue Boissonnault, Kermit Williams, Matt Fish Courtesy photo—

Published: 10/3/2019 5:34:37 PM

During its meeting Monday, the Wilton Select Board joined several surrounding towns in declaring itself a “Purple Heart Community.”

Becoming a Purple Heart Community pays tribute to U.S. service members who have been injured or killed in combat, and is also meant to demonstrate the community’s support for veteran-related legislative initiatives. Wilton will mark its support with signs at the town entrances, noting its status as a Purple Heart community, joining surrounding towns including Lyndeborough, New Ipswich, Greenville and Milford. 

The Purple Heart is the oldest American military decoration and was created as The Badge of Military Merit (made of purple cloth in the shape of a heart), on August 7, 1782 by General George Washington. It is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed in action while serving in the Armed Forces.

Wilton joins a growing number of towns across the nation who are paying tribute to those within their town who have selflessly served their country. In designating Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day, the Select Board is urging the people and organizations of WiIton to display the American Flag as well as other public expressions of recognition of Purple Heart recipients.


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