Grayson becomes 46th 'Purple Heart County' in Texas

Published: Oct. 2, 2018 at 5:02 PM CDT
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Grayson County is now a Purple Heart County, honoring all the veterans and Purple Heart recipients who live here.

Grayson is the 46th county in Texas to receive the honor of Purple Heart County.

Veterans we spoke with Tuesday said it means that the sacrifices of our military men and women will not be forgotten.

Purple Heart recipients packed the Grayson County courthouse Tuesday as County Judge Bill Magers read a proclamation naming Grayson a Purple Heart county.

"Which means we have been selected as one that honors veterans" said Grayson County Judge Bill Magers.

"Grayson County is honoring all veterans and Purple Heart recipients-- and you're honoring a county which has over 12,000 veterans, said Texas Purple Heart State Commander Jon Lunkwicz.

Lunkwicz said he received the Purple Heart for his actions in the Vietnam War in 1971.

He was wounded in an explosion in Chu Lai, Vietnam, suffering injuries to his neck, arms, back and legs.

"I was wounded at that time from shrapnel fire," he said.

According to the United Service Organizations, the Purple Heart is the military's oldest medal.

It's predecessor, the Badge of Military Merit, was created by president George Washington in 1782.

It became known as the Purple Heart in 1932.

Lunkwicz said Purple Heart recipients from Grayson County recommended Grayson to be a part of the program.

"This is not just for us, it's for all veterans," Lunkwicz said.

He said about ten percent of people who live in Grayson County are veterans.

Magers said it's a fitting honor since they've designated Oct. 22 as Purple Heart Day in the County.

"We're proud and pleased to be a part of this, and thank the great men and women who serve," Magers said.

The county isn't sure yet where they will display their new Purple Heart County sign.

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