Military Order of the Purple Heart names Solon as a "Purple Heart City"

Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall also to visit

SOLON, Ohio - Tuesday morning was a special time in Solon as the Military Order of the Purple Heart named the city the county's first "Purple Heart City."

Solon Mayor Susan Drucker then presented a proclamation to the veterans group naming July 24, 2012 as Purple Heart Day in the city at a Veterans Memorial Park ceremony.

The Purple Heart is a military medal that goes back to George Washington and is bestowed upon those who were injured or killed in battle.

"When you see a person with a Purple Heart, you are seeing a person who sacrificed blood for their country," said Paul Suscinski, Commander of Purple Heart Veterans Chapter 699.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall is also making a stop in Solon. The wall, a replica of the original, will be on display from July 26-July 30 at the Solon VFW Post 1863, 6340 Melbury Ave. It features more than 58,000 names of those killed in Vietnam.

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