The Purple Heart Memorial at Motts Military Museum in Groveport.
Groveport will hold its traditional Veterans Day program and an additional ceremony dedicating a Purple Heart memorial will be held at Motts Military Museum.
The city of Groveport will host a Veterans Day program at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Main Street and Hilly Alley.
Guest speaker will be Richard Hoerle. Hoerle served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II and trained as a cryptographer. He is a board member of Motts Military Museum and is an expert on World War I flying ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker. He also served as president of the Air Force Association in Michigan and Ohio and has given lectures on the United States Constitution, the Air Force Museum, Eddie Rickenbacker and aviator Charles Lindbergh.
Also at the ceremony, on behalf of the city, Mayor Lance Westcamp will receive a Purple Heart flag from Buckeye Chapter 500 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to commemorate Groveport being designated as a Purple Heart City. By proclaiming Groveport as a Purple Heart City, it officially honors the service and sacrifice of the nation’s men and women in uniform, wounded or killed while serving their country.
"This doesn’t happen to every city," said Motts Military Museum Director Warren Motts. "A community receives this designation because it is supportive of the Purple Heart program and to those who receive the honor."
Following the Veterans Day program at Veterans Park, the public is invited to attend a reception and dedication of the Purple Heart Garden and Memorial recently created at Motts Military Museum, 5075 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport.
Buckeye Chapter 500 Military Order of the Purple Heart will dedicate the newly erected Purple Heart Memorial at Motts Military Museum at 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
"We’re overwhelmed and honored by this," said Motts. "The members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart are a special and humble group of people."
The museum will also be presented with a Purple Heart flag.
"The Purple Heart flag will be raised at all Motts Military Museum ceremonies as well as on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Independence Day," said Motts.
Both Veterans Day events are free and open to the public.
What is the Purple Heart?
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy; and posthumously to the next of kin, in the name of those who were killed in action or died of wounds sustained in combat with the enemy.
The award has its origins in the Revolutionary War when, in 1782, General George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, which was a purple heart-shaped piece of cloth that was awarded for unusual gallantry or extraordinary fidelity and service.
The Badge of Military Merit faded from use following the Revolutionary War. In 1932, President Herbert Hoover revived the award as the Purple Heart under its present format and design that includes an image of George Washington. The Military Order of the Purple Heart formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration.
(Sources: National Constitution Center and Motts Military Museum.)