At Thursday’s City Council meeting in Loganville, Mayor Rey Martinez read a Proclamation designating the City of Loganville a “Purple Heart City.” Loganville is the first city in Walton County to become a Purple Heart City, but not the first in Gwinnett County. Norcross and Snellville took that honor. If the Loganville mayor, himself a veteran, has anything to do with it, Loganville will not be the last city in Walton County to become a Purple Heart City. At the Veterans Day Ceremony at the American Legion on Nov. 11 when he announced that the City was being designated a Purple Heart City, Martinez pledged to work on persuading the other cities and Walton County to take on the honor.
The Purple Heart medal is awarded to all U.S. military members who have been wounded or killed in combat and Purple Heart cities and counties are part of the Purple Heart Trail, which “creates a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges and other monuments giving tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.”
At Thursday’s meeting, which was attended by Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash as well as Walton County Commission Chairman Kevin Little, several local Purple Heart recipients were in attendance, including past American Legion Commander Stan Mauldin. On hand at Monday’s Veteran’s Day ceremony as well as to receive the Proclamation at Loganville City Hall on Thursday was Lou Zayas, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 465.
As a Purple Heart City, Loganville will observe Purple Heart Day each Aug. 7 and will display signs provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation which will be placed at the entrance of the city limits identifying Loganville as a Purple Heart City. But that is not all. Loganville Spokesman Robbie Schwartz said there are plans to install lights with a purple hue at City Hall to light up on Aug. 7 each year are currently being made by the Georgia Department of Transportation which will be placed at the entrance of city limits identifying Norcross as a Purple Heart City.
Photos below of the presentation of the Proclamation are courtesy of Robbie Schwartz with the City of Loganville. For the full story, pick up a copy of Loganville Insider.