BRANSON, Mo., May 6, 2012 — The supporting and honoring of our Nations Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families is an inherent part of the heritage, tradition, spirit and fabric of what makes Branson such a unique and special place. With the expected passing of a resolution “Proclaiming the City of Branson As A Purple Heart City, (Proclamation),” at its May 8 Board of Aldermen Meeting and its receipt on behalf of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), by Everett Kelly, Commander of the MOPH Department of Missouri, Branson will become the first Missouri City to become a “Purple Heart City.”
From the day to day remembrance and honoring of those who serve and have served in our Nation’s military, by the vast majority of Branson’s shows, to Americas largest Veterans Day celebration, Branson’s seven day “Veterans Homecoming Week,” and so much more, America’s military men and women and their families know that they “can come home to Branson” where their service and sacrifices are appreciated, honored and never taken for granted. In acknowledging and saluting Branson on its proclamation MORPH said that Branson, “Already regarded as ‘The most veteran friendly city in the United States,’ by proclaiming itself a ‘Purple Heart City,’ Branson pays special tribute to the almost 2 million dedicated and brave servicemen and women who have either been killed or wounded in combat, and honors not only Missouri’s Purple Heart recipients but all veterans across the nation.”
One of the many special Veterans events held each year is the Hand in Hand Branson Honors Purple Heart Recipients, designed to honor and remember the sacrifices of those who have received the Purple Heart for combat wounds received while serving our Nation. Started in April of 2009, it has become an annual Spring Event involving a large segment of the Branson community and has received the active support and participation of MORPH. John E. Bircher III, Director of Public Relations for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, after returning from “Hand in Hand,” said, ” I have NEVER felt more honored or patriotic then I do when in Branson.”
The Proclamation, among other things, states that “citizens of our country have received the Purple Heart Medal as a result of being wounded while engaged in combat with an enemy” and expresses the city’s desire to “remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal” and to “proclaim Branson, Missouri, to be a Purple Heart City honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect our freedoms.”
After the approval of the Proclamation by the Board of Aldermen, anticipated to be one of the first items of business on the Boards Regular agenda after the meetings 7:00 PM start, Commander Kelly, joined by other Purple Heart Recipients from around Missouri,”in honor of the occasion, will present the City of Branson a Military Order of the Purple Heart flag to be flown each year on Purple Heart Day, August 7.