Durant becomes "Purple Heart City", honor Vietnam veterans

DURANT, Okla. (KXII)-- On November 10, 2017, President Trump signed into law that March 29th be National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Honoring all who served, and on Friday, Durant took part in that celebration.

It also became a Purple Heart City after it was officially designated by Mayor Jerry Tomlinson.

"A proclamation that said we are dedicated to our veterans, we want the world to know that we support them and appreciate them," said Nancy Ferris.

"The idea of the purple heart city, and state and trails is not just to recognize those that have payed the ultimate sacrifice or were wounded in combat, its for all veterans," said Frank Kasson, Department Commander of the Oklahoma Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Nancy Ferris of the Three Valley Museum took the first steps in making that happen.

After driving through Texas highways she noticed Purple Heart Trails and wanted Durant to be part of that family.

That's when she contacted the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization chartered by Congress for combat wounded veterans.

"I just started thinking you know how can we do that do, because I know that we have veterans who have served from our county and from our area," said Ferris.

Dozens of military veterans and guests gathered outside the Reynolds Library. Daniel Earley served in Vietnam and is a two time recipient of the Purple Heart, the oldest military decoration.

"It's very gratifying, and I feel humbled I do, I feel very humbled about this," said Earley.

The state of Oklahoma may soon become a Purple Heart state after it received unanimous approval by the State Senate last month.

Forever paying gratitude to those who served and payed the ultimate sacrifice.

"It's okay to hate the war, but don't hate the warrior, because we're just doing our job," said Earley.