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The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Texas presented a proclamation and road sign designating Hidalgo County as a Purple Heart County for the county’s admiration, gratitude and support “for all men and women who have selflessly served their country and this community in the Armed Forces.”
About a dozen Purple Heart Medal recipients from the Vietnam and Iraq wars from the Rio Grande Valley Chapter 1544 attended Commissioners Court to participate in the ceremony.
Chapter Commander Doss Kornegay read the proclamation as Sr. Vice Commander of the Department of Texas Aroldo “A.J.” Garcia unveiled the commemorative road sign.
“It’s an honor to be here today,” said Garcia. “Thank you for your continued support to Veterans; we are proud to name Hidalgo a Purple Heart County.”
The county was nominated by several Purple Heart recipients in Hidalgo in honor of celebrating National Purple Heart Day.
The court also approved a proclamation accepting the Purple Heart County designation. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in present use and was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by George Washington in 1782.
"Your services are greatly appreciated, we'd like to thank each and every one of you for being here today," said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia.
We honor and thank the following Purple Heart recipients for their valor, sacrifice and service: Sr. Vice Commander Dept. of Texas Aroldo “A.J.” Garcia, wounded April 25, 1967, Vietnam; Chapter 1544 Commander Doss Kornegay, wounded August 8, 1970, Vietnam; Past Chapter 5077 Commander Tony Cordova, wounded January 19, 1967, Vietnam; Past Chapter 5077 Commander Joe Vasquez, wounded August 19, 1969, Vietnam; Sgt. of Arms Chapter 1544 Felix Fuentes, wounded May 17, 1970, Vietnam; Patriot David J. De Leon, wounded March 20,1969, Vietnam; Sr. Vice Commander Chapter 1544 David Granado, wounded in 2004, Iraq; Jr. Vice Commander Chapter 1544 Eduardo Granado, wounded July 27, 2004, Iraq; Chapter Trustee Chapter 1544 Jose L. Sauceda, wounded in 1967, Vietnam; Chapter Excutive Commander Chapter 1544 Ignacio Garcia, wounded August 20, 1970, Vietnam; and Sgt. Francisco Barrientes, Chapter 5077, wounded May 5, 1969 and June 20, 1969, Vietnam.