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Bartow Purple Heart recipients honored
by Monica Burge
August 12, 2014 11:23 AM | 2212 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commissioner Steve Taylor and State Rep. Christian Coomer honor Daniel Weathers, a Purple Heart recipient.
Commissioner Steve Taylor and State Rep. Christian Coomer honor Daniel Weathers, a Purple Heart recipient.
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State Rep. Christian Coomer, R-Cassville, along with other local, state, and federal officials, honored the Purple Heart recipients of Bartow County in a ceremony held Thursday in the commissioner’s conference room.

According to Coomer, who organized the ceremony, there are about 39 Purple Heart recipients from Bartow County.

Nearly 30 were recognized at the event with a formal house resolution prepared by Coomer.

Gov. Nathan Deal this year signed Senate Bill 276, legislation that proclaims Aug. 7 of every year as Purple Heart Day in Georgia to honor men and women wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

The bill also declares Georgia a Purple Heart state, a designation that further serves to honor wounded veterans for their sacrifice.

“The reason we have these types of ceremonies is to remind us that freedom is not free,” Coomer said. “There is a sacrifice.”

Along with Coomer, U.S. Congressman Phil Gingrey, U.S. Congressman-elect Barry Loudermilk, Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor and Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini gave remarks during the ceremony.

Honoring those wounded and killed in battle is a way to honor the service of all men and women who serve in the military, Loudermilk said.

“The reality is, what they’re doing is not for themselves,” Loudermilk said.

Gingrey said he didn’t know of any other state that formally recognized Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day.

“In many things, Georgia sets the bar high,” Gingrey said.

“It’s my honor to recognize the Purple Heart recipients on behalf of Georgia’s 11th District.”

Taylor and Santini also signed a resolution commemorating the day.

“We all appreciate the sacrifice,” Taylor said.

Among the recipients in attendance at the ceremony was veteran James Parker, who received three Purple Heart medals during his military service.

The Purple Heart honor was established by Pres. George Washington in 1782, known then as the Badge of Military Merit, Coomer said.

Washington established the designation during his service as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

“The Purple Heart is the oldest continuing military honor in the United States,” Coomer said. “The Purple Heart differs from other medals in that it is an entitlement of military personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”
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