On Friday, March 29, Scott County Judge James Forbes declared Scott County as a Purple Heart County.
“WHEREAS, The people of Scott County, Arkansas, have great admiration and the upmost gratitude for all the men and women who have selflessly served their country and this community in the Armed Forces; and,
WHEREAS, 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; and,
WHEREAS, The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is specifically awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice in combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America; and,
WHEREAS, The contributions and sacrifices of the men and women from the Polk County, Arkansas, who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens; and,
WHEREAS, Many men and women in uniform have given their lives while serving in the Armed Forces; and,
WHEREAS, March 29th, 2019, has officially been designated as the day in Scott County, Arkansas to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE QUORUM COURT OF Scott COUNTY, ARKANSAS, does hereby proclaim that Scott County, Arkansas is: A PURPLE HEART COUNTY.
DULY ADOPTED BY VOTE OF THE QUORUM COURT OF SCOTT COUNTY, ARKANSAS ON THE 29TH DAY OF MARCH, 2019.”
Forbes commented to those in attendance that the recognition is not to be “awarded, it is earned. Recipients of the Purple Heart have earned the medal through what they have done.”
Forbes expressed his appreciation to Purple Heart recipient Ed Mathis who has served in the Marine Corps and Army.
Members of the VFW Post 1345 were also present during the signing of the Proclamation.