Purple Heart recipients honored at Statehouse

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Tuesday, January 20, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) recognized Purple Heart recipients in Indiana with a resolution honoring their service and sacrifice. The resolution passed the House unanimously.

Purple Heart recipients honored at Statehouse“It is a privilege to honor these men and women with a resolution,” said Rep. Mahan. “They have selflessly served our state and country, facing danger to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.”

The Purple Heart, originally called the Badge of Military Merit, was established by General George Washington in 1782. It is the oldest military decoration currently in use in the U.S. The Purple Heart was the first American service decoration allowed to be awarded to common soldiers. It is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Services who is either wounded or killed in combat.

“It is important that we never forget the sacrifices these veterans have made for our country,” said Rep. Mahan. “They left their families and communities willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Without their sacrifice, we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service to our country.”

The resolution honored any Hoosier, past or present, who has received the Purple Heart for acts of service to the U.S.

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Rep. Mahan represents portions of Blackford, Delaware, Grant and Wells counties. He serves as Chairman of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee. He also serves on the Family, Children and Human Affairs; and Insurance Committees.