City honors armed forces

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
John Dismer, of The Military Order of the Purple Heart, presents Mayor pro-temp Ann Hennigan with a plaque declaring Cassville a Purple Heart City. The city issued a proclamation to show its support of all the veterans who had served and received the Purple Heart award. Kayla Monahan/

Cassville becomes Purple Heart City to honor veterans

The city of Cassville recently passed a proclamation to become a Purple Heart City.

John Dismer, Everett Kelly and Paul Weeks, all of The Military Order of the Purple Heart, presented the council with a plaque honoring the veterans who are Purple Heart recipients.

"This lets everyone know that Cassville is a veteran friendly community," said Ann Hennigan, alderwoman.

"The city of Cassville seeks to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal...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 freedom," the proclamation said.

As Dismer presented the plaque, he discussed the history of the Purple Heart first being awarded to soldiers by George Washington in the Revolutionary War and how the tradition continues now.

The plaque will be displayed in the lobby at city hall.

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