Gov. Ricketts Honors Veterans with Purple Heart Day

Governor Ricketts with Nebraska Purple Heart veterans at Tuesday's proclamation ceremony. (Courtesy photo)
August 7, 2018 - 4:32pm

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation designating Tuesday Purple Heart Day in Nebraska. This proclamation honors the state’s Purple Heart recipients and thanks them and their families for their military service.

The Purple Heart is the oldest medal presented to military service members and was created by General George Washington in 1782. It is awarded to those who are wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Governor Ricketts says Nebraska is working hard to support veterans and their families in many ways.

“And of course, here in Nebraska, we want to make sure we are the most veteran friendly state in the country, that’s a goal that we’re working towards. And we do that in a variety of ways. We also work very much on trying to create employment opportunities for active military, our veterans and their spouses,” Ricketts said.

The capitol building will be lit up with purple lights Tuesday night to commemorate Purple Heart Day in Nebraska.

Gov. Ricketts was joined by Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs Director, John Hilgert and the Military Order of the Purple Heart President, Wade Jensen, at the proclamation signing ceremony at the capitol.

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