Young County recieves military honor

At a regular meeting of the Young County Commissioner’s Court on Monday, Sept. 24, the court passed a resolution deeming Young County as a Purple Heart County.

This recognition was brought forth by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a national organization formed in 1932 that, according to their website, provides legal representation and assistance, health services, grants, scholarships and jobs to military veterans. The organization is composed exclusively of recipients of the Purple Heart – a military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded in conflicts with enemy forces.

“This resolution is intended to encourage year-round respect and appreciation for Purple Heart recipients and for all area residents who have served in the armed forces of this country, said Drew Springer, Texas State Representative for House District 68, in a letter to the court.

This resolution follows the recognition of Graham, Texas as a Purple Heart City on April 5, 2018.

“Americans owe an incalculable debt of gratitude to the members of our armed services, who have placed themselves in harm’s way to defend the liberties that we hold dear,” Springer said in his letter. “The establishment of Young County as a Purple Heart County also presents the opportunity to acknowledge the steadfast courage, dedication and patriotism of all former military personnel who reside in Young County. I look forward to watching this program grow.”