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Aug. 7 set as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Scott Carnahan, First Vice-Chairman Ron Kitchen, Second Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with Left to right, Ralph McClure, "Bud" Allen Commander, not visible in photo Chuck Kanehl Sr. Vice Commander, Curt Ebitz Adjutant, Mike Schlaudraff, Ray Michael past Commander, Richard Hunt Dept FL Commander, Rick Allen Sergeant At Arms, Joe McClister Finance Officer. (July 25, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on July 25 proclaimed Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County. 

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 235 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use.

Aug. 7: Purple Heart Day in Citrus County

Citrus County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen, second from right, joins fellow commissioners (background) in presenting to the representatives of the local Military Order of the Purple Heart Organization a proclamation declaring Aug. 7, 2016 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of Gen. George Washington 234 years ago on Aug. 7, 1782, and is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use.

CCSO becomes first Purple Heart law enforcement agency

Citrus County Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Kanehl, left, and "Bud" Allen, Commander, Aaron Weaver Unit 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, ready the Purple Heart Flag for hoisting .

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office today became the first law enforcement in the state and nation to become an official Purple Heart Law Enforcement Agency.

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