Veterans Recognized on Purple Heart Day

August 07, 2017 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS)--Veterans who made incredible sacrifices were recognized on Monday during Purple Heart Day.

Purple Heart Day is a time to remember veterans who were injured in combat while putting their lives on the line for this country.


Since 1782, The President of the United States has been giving the medals as a symbol of bravery,

Harry Kerr, a veteran who received a Purple Heart after being injured in Vietnam said it wasn't about the recognition that would come later but about those he served alongside.

"We’re here and they're not and i think we need to remember that freedom is not free and somebody is paying the price and every day, every single day some families get the knock on the door," said Kerr. "True warriors don’t go after any medals they're just doing the right thing and trying to survive the day with their brothers and sisters is all."

Veteran Melvin Vicker received his Purple Heart after he was injured in Korea in 1952. He said he remembers the war like it was yesterday.

“The North Koreans were shooting at the tanks and a round shot a tree in front of me and I got half of the tree in my body," said Vicker.

While the Purple Heart may be given for physical injuries Kerr said there are other wounds you can't see that linger, and that's a time for veterans to step up to help each other.

“You may have served once and you think your service is over but I’m asking you to serve again for those that need your help," said Kerr

The Southeastern Minnesota Purple Heart Lloyd-Swenson Chapter meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at the Rochester VFW.  It is open to any Purple Heart recipient.


Lynnette Miller

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