MONROE – Union County has installed signs on major roadways to recognize its Purple Heart County designation.
Commuters can see the signs entering the county on U.S. 601 , U.S. 74, N.C. 75, N.C. 200 and N.C. 16.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Wounded Warriors Chapter 634 requested Union County consider joining other North Carolina counties in becoming a Purple Heart County. Union County followed suit in March 2014.
The Purple Heart was the first American service award or decoration made available to the common soldier and is awarded to any member of the Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.
The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill among the combat-wounded veteran members and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives and make sure we never forget the sacrifices made by those so decorated.