Council declares city a Purple Heart Community

(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)

By Martha Stoffel

City of O’Fallon will become a Purple Heart Community, upon proclamation by Mayor Herb Roach at the November 5th city council meeting. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use and was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782. The proclamation encourages the citizens of O’Fallon to show their appreciation for the sacrifices of the Purple Heart recipients have made in defending our freedoms, to acknowledge their courage, and to show them the honor and support they have earned. 

The proclamation was read by Purple Heart recipient and Ward 5 alderwoman Gwen Randolph. City council members who have served in the military and O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce President Sid LeGrand joined Mayor Herb Roach in unveiling the new Purple Heart Community sign that will be displayed throughout O’Fallon.