By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal
The Mississippi Branch of the Military Order of the Purple Heart along with the group’s women’s auxiliary held its annual convention in Winston County at Lake Tiak O’Khata in June 6.
The Order recognized Louisville and Winston County for supporting the Military Purple Heart Order and The Purple Heart Trail. Winston County Veterans’ Affairs officer Terry Kelley and Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed were on hand to accept to proclamations recognizing the city and county .
City and county leaders had added a portion of Hwy 15 and 25 on the bypass on the The Purple Heart Trail last year. The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat. The trail starts at Mount Vernon, Virginia and now includes 46 states across America, including a portion of the trail in Guam and Puerto Rico.
The group had about 50 members from the state in attendance including some members of the women’s auxiliary.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is unique among all veteran service organizations in that the membership is comprised entirely of combat veterans who were wounded on the world’s battlefields while serving the country in uniform. For this sacrifice they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.