CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed today, August 7, 2013, as Purple Heart Day in the Mountain State and encouraged West Virginians to pay tribute to those who have been awarded the Purple Heart--the oldest award given to members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
"Today we pay tribute to some of the bravest, most patriotic men and women in West Virginia and across the nation--our Purple Heart recipients," Gov. Tomblin said. "Joanne and I ask all West Virginians to honor these military members and veterans today, and throughout the year--remembering the importance of their selfless service to our country."
Cabinet Secretary Rick Thompson added, "Any veteran will tell you, receiving the Purple Heart is a true honor. That's why we are so appreciative of Governor Tomblin and members of our state legislature who have helped West Virginia earn the title of a 'Purple Heart State.' Recipients of this award are truly deserving of our upmost thanks, and I can only hope that we are able to show them the depths of our gratitude."
Through House Concurrent Resolution Number 135
, West Virginia was proclaimed as a Purple Heart State during the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature. Today is also National Purple Heart Day.
To view the governor's proclamation, click here
Amy Shuler Goodwin