At the November 7, 2017 Board of County Commission meeting, Hernando will be designated as a Purple Heart County. Commissioner Jeff Holcomb and former Commissioner John Mitten, have been working with the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), to facilitate this resolution.
“I want to thank Chris Boreland of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 and former Commissioner John Mitten for allowing me to be a part of this resolution,” Commissioner Holcomb said. “As a veteran myself, I am proud to honor our local wounded veterans with this new Hernando County designation and sincerely thank all of our servicemen and women for their dedication to our great Country.”
Hernando County will be the 65th Florida municipality to honor Purple Heart Veterans with this resolution. The aim is to make Florida the first state with each county designated as a Purple Heart County.
During the Revolutionary War on August 7, 1782, General George Washington established the Purple Heart as a Badge of Military Merit. It is now awarded to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were wounded by an instrument of war by the hands of the enemy. The MOPH is a Congressionally chartered organization that is designed to serve combat-wounded veterans that have received the Purple Heart medal.
The Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 is located in Lecanto and is the closest chapter to the Hernando County area. The Florida State Commander of the MOPH and current member of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter, Richard Hunt, plans to attend the Commissioners meeting to witness the proclamation take place.