Sandy Springs military veterans are invited to attend a June 7 dinner and ceremony declaring the city’s “Purple Heart Medal City” status.

An image of the Purple Heart decoration, from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web site.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, a Virginia-based nonprofit organization, has a program encouraging cities to brand themselves with signage and ceremonies declaring “Purple Heart City” status to recognize veterans, especially those who were wounded in action. The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration recognizing those wounded or killed during service.

Sandy Springs is joining the program and will make Aug. 7 an annual “Purple Heart Day.”

“Becoming a designated Purple Heart Medal City allows us to show respect for our veterans and acknowledge the sacrifices these individuals have made on our behalf,” said City Council member John Paulson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war who spearheaded the effort.

Council member Tibby DeJulio is an Army veteran who received the Purple Heart, among other decorations, during his service in the Vietnam war.

The Purple Heart City designation will be made official at the June 7 City Council meeting, and local veterans are invited to have dinner with Mayor Rusty Paul and council members before the meeting at 5 p.m. Veterans interested in attending the dinner can RSVP by calling 770-206-1502.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.