DANBURY, Conn. -- Mayor Mark Boughton will officially declare the City of Danbury a Purple Heart City with a proclamation at the dedication of the Combat Wounded Parking Spaces at the Danbury War Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 7, which is Purple Heart Day.
The proclamation will be given to John Kwiatkowski, the State Commander for The Military Order of the Purple Heart. The event begins at 11 a.m.
“The City of Danbury strongly supports its military population,” said Boughton. “We appreciate the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients have made in defending our freedoms. It is important for us, as a community, to acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned.”
The request to establish Danbury as a Purple Heart City was spearheaded by Danbury resident Lee Teicholz, whose father William received two Purple Heart medals for wounds he received in France and Germany during World War II.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use. It was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782. The Purple Heart medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America.
The Greater Danbury area has a large veteran population including many Purple Heart recipients. For more information about the event visit the Facebook page or contact Lee Teicholz at (203)748-0723.