By: M.C. Reyes, Editor-in-Chief
Haines City – Great news! On August 1st, at the City Commission meeting, in the presence of community leaders, city employees and community Veterans, the City of Haines City was designated as a Purple Heart City. A representative from The Northeast Gazette was present during the meeting and witnessed how representatives from the Harry R. Alexander Memorial Chapter 535-FL-4, a local chapter for the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Commander Stewart (Steve) H. Hillman and Jr. Vice Commander John L. Hillery proudly and honorably received the proclamation from the hands of Haines City Mayor Morris L. West.
The proclamation reads as follow: “The State of Florida has been designated by the Florida State Legislature, a Purple Heart State, honoring the service and sacrifices of our nation’s men and women in uniform who were wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans. Therefore, be it proclaimed, by the city of Haines City, Florida that honor and gratitude be bestowed upon the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Harry R. Alexander Memorial Chapter 535-FL-4, recognizing the City of Haines City as a Purple Heart City in the State of Florida.”
During the meeting, Mayor West made an emphasis on how proud he was of handling the proclamation. “The State of Florida is now a purple heart city and that’s thanks to the soldiers and the sacrifices they made. Some of them came back injured and some of them never made it back home. Thank you all for the honor you brought back to this great country so, we thank you for your sacrifices and your service,” said Mayor West while handling the proclamation to the MOPH representatives.
After receiving the plaque and thanking Mayor West, Jr. Vice Commander Hillery took the stand to say a few words. "I am very honored to stand here to receive this document that you and your commissioners have written for us. We are very humbled by your support in relation to the job that you are doing for this community and we are very grateful for the wording of this proclamation that acknowledges the sacrifices of our combat wounded veterans here in Haines City and in the surrounding areas. I feel personally honored to be in this ceremony. I am sure all the Veterans of Haines City and its surrounding areas are proud to know that Haines City FL supports the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Thank you very much.”
As a Veteran Owned Business, we want to congratulate the community of Haines City and its veterans for this recognition. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say… Thank You For Your Service and Thank You for Your Sacrifices.
We honor you and we will never forget.