The City of Rolla will become the third city in Phelps County to be named a Purple Heart City during a presentation scheduled for Friday, June 14, at the Veterans Memorial Park off Southview Drive.
Everett Kelly, Department Commander for the State of Missouri Military Order of the Purple Heart, will present a plaque designating Rolla as a Purple Heart City during the ceremony starting at 6 p.m. The Purple Heart flag also will be raised at the park for display.
City officials and the South Central Regional Veterans Group (SCRVG) invite everyone to attend the ceremony with a special invitation extended to all those in active duty and veterans who have received the Purple Heart.
This award is only given to those who were wounded in combat in any of our country’s wars.
The city also plans to present a proclamation to the Purple Heart association.
Additionally, on Tuesday, June 4, Jerry Bumpus, chairman of the SCRVG, attended the Phelps County Commission meeting and gave a presentation on becoming a Purple Heart County.
The commission signed a resolution proclaiming Phelps County as a Purple Heart County. The resolution will be sent to the Military Order of the Purple Heart and a presentation will be made at a later date.
Rolla will join Edgar Springs and St. James, which both received the Purple Heart City designation earlier this year.
Four members of the Department of Missouri Military Order of the Purple Heart visited Edgar Springs City Hall May 13 during the board of aldermen meeting to present the city with a Purple Heart flag and plaque.
At that time, Edgar Spring was the eighth city in the state to earn the honor.
St. James was the first city in Phelps County to be designated a Purple Heart City. According to St. James Mayor Dennis Wilson, the St. James City Council approved the Purple Hearth proclamation at its April 1 meeting and the signing of the proclamation and plaque/flag presentation took place on April 4.
Also earlier this year, the cities of St. Robert and Waynesville each individually received the Purple Heart City recognition and Pulaski County officially became recognized as the first Purple Heart County in the state of Missouri.
Taney County in southwestern Missouri also is a Purple Heart County.
Additionally, history was made June 3 when Disabled American Veterans Harry L. Herron Chapter No. 49 was recognized as a Purple Heart Chapter by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. D.A.V. Chapter 49 is the first service chapter to receive this designation nationwide.
Interstates 44 and 70 in Missouri also were designated as the Purple Heart Trail in March.
There are signs marking the designation on I-44 near the Phelps-Crawford county line and the Pulaski-Laclede county lines as well as others in the state.