Chillicothe to put up signs designating it as a Purple Heart City

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Chillicothe City Hall. Photo courtesy Missourinet.

(Missourinet) – Chillicothe is placing signs soon to show its support for America’s soldiers who have received the Purple Heart medal.

City Administrator Darin Chappell said the signs will state the northwest Missouri town is known as a “Purple Heart City” to pay respect to the medal recipients who have been wounded or killed in combat.

“It’s something that many communities across the state have done,” he says. “This is just in recognition of those individuals who, during combat, were wounded, received the Purple Heart and recognize the support that we have for such dedicated servants of our community and our society.”

Missouri has more than 120 cities, villages, counties and organizations recognizing Purple Heart medal soldiers in such a way.

Chappell says the declaration process is more than a year in the making.

“There will be four signs purchased for $100 each,” he says. “There will be one north and south on Highway 65 and one east and west on Highway 36.”

The signs will go up at the city limits.