Bell County is officially a “Purple Heart” county.
Members of the Department of Texas Military Order of Purple Heart made the designation Monday morning during the County Commissioner’s meeting.
“Since we do have Fort Hood here the largest military installation of the free world on that which brings with us a good number of people that have been wounded or killed in action, we need to remember those and are happy to do so,” said Bell County Judge Jon H. Burrows.
September 24th was also designated as the official day to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the purple heart medal.
“They always say 2% of everybody living in the United States have been in the military and out of that 2%, 1% have been wounded, it’s very small numbers,” said Jon Lunkwicz, State Commander of the Department of Texas Military Order of Purple Heart.
Lunkwicz received his purple heart after getting injured during his service in Vietnam.
“in the United States now there might be two million purple heart recipients living and I’m counting back from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we are 1%,” said Lunkwicz.
That’s why he says it’s so important to honor and remember those men and women.
“It’s veteran awareness, a lot of times people think of Veterans Day in November, well when we do this stuff, we call it every day is Veterans Day to get people to help their veterans, you know, support them,” added Lunkwicz.
He, along with other purple heart recipients designated Bell County as a “purple heart” county on Monday.
“We as a county recognize those sacrifices of folks who served our country and those who have received the prestigious award, it just gives us a chance as a county to say thank you for what you’ve done and yes we recognize it,” said John Fisher, Bell County Commissioner Precinct 4.
For Bell County Judge Jon H. Burrows, the designation hits close to home.
“I have some experience in the military and understand the significance of the sacrifices that come with those who have received a purple heart and so it’s a good thing to do, I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Judge Burrows.
Bell County received the nomination from a purple heart recipient.
Bell County is now the 45th out of 254 counties in Texas to receive the proclamation.
Grayson County, Texas is next. They will be designated a purple heart county on October 2nd.