August, 7th is a date that is important to our Purple Heart veterans and families, this is the date that George Washington first established this award and since then it has grown to be a national symbol of sacrifice for our nation. Many in West Virginia have gone forward and served in combat and many have been wounded and given their lives for the security of our country and the freedom we all enjoy. The Governor can offer a proclamation establishing August, 7th as our state Purple Heart day and it is our goal to see this day become an official day of recognition for those that have served and given their blood for our freedom. The time to establish a West Virginia Purple Heart Day is overdue and with your support we can establish this day as a day of honor to those who have given so much for our freedom. Let us support this initiative and send this forward to our state leaders so they may establish August, 7th 2011 the first West Virginia Purple Heart Day and offer a time to remember and honor those with a reading at the State Capitol and a dedication of a memorial or (Purposed Memorial) within our state capitol to those who have given their blood and lives in defense of this Nation.
(UPDATE) The WV Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is engaged in this at this time, we have been given a Monument to erect in the State Cemetary however the need for a plaque at a minimum is needed at the State Capitol or the State Museum/Cultural Center. Work for a State Purple Heart Day has been ongoing in this state, however lawmakers can not seem to get to it or establish a day for Purple Heart Veterans of West Virginia, Why is this? It costs nothing to offer a proclimatiomation and establish a state day to honor our wounded veterans. Even if it did cost a few hundred dollars for the paper, what cost is that compared to the cost these veterans have paid for the freedom we all enjoy.
In review of the long list of veterans our state has living and passed on that have sacrificed so much for all of us, it shows me that the time to honor our Purple Heart veterans in this state is overdue. The time to establish a state Purple Heart Day on August, 7th is due and the date holds relevance as it is the date that George Washington first established the Purple Heart, to take one single day and offer a proclamation to honor those that have sacrificed for this nation is something that I am sure all would see as a great honor and need in this state that has so much veteran heritage and history. The time to act on this is now and with your support and dedication to honoring those that have sacrificed their bodies and lives in defense of this nation we can make this dream a reality, I seek your support for this initiative and ask that you please consider this initiative with urgency so we may start honoring these Purple Heart veterans August, 7th 2011 and have a first ceremony on the State capitol grounds honoring our West Virginia Wounded.
With sincere respect
CPT (RET) James McCormick