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Governor Charlie Crist Recognizes Dunedin FL as First Purple Heart City

Dunedin Florida is the First Purple Heart City in the country. Thurs. Aug. 7, Purple Heart Park, located in Downtown Dunedin, a dedication ceremony takes place to honor Purple Heart Recipients. Representative C.W. Bill Young, a Representative from the Office of Governor Charlie Crist and many local Vets will be in attendance. Dunedin is setting a precedence for other cities to become Purple Heart Cities. This ceremony is in accordance with the National Day of Recognition.

Dunedin, FL, August 04, 2008 --( The City of Dunedin Florida is the first in the nation to become a Purple Heart City. A special ceremony to dedicate the new Purple Heart Park in the City’s downtown is planned for Aug. 7, 2008 at 10 a.m. This special day coincides with the National Day of Recognition.

“The City of Dunedin is blazing the trail for other cities in the country to follow suit.” James Randalls, Past National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart said. “Based on my experience in Dunedin we are now looking to adopt other cities to become Purple Heart Cities and Dunedin has led the way to make this possible.”

The City of Dunedin became the first city in the country to become a Purple Heart City on Aug. 3, 2006. On Aug. 7, 2007 a small ceremony took place and two trees were planted to honor the veterans. With the hard work and dedication of local resident Danny Sowder, Chapter Commander JFK Chapter 1963 of Dunedin, this year the city dedicates Purple Heart Park in the downtown including a special monument and Walk of Honor.

Parkland has been donated in Downtown Dunedin to host the monument and commemorative bricks will be displayed through the park to create The Walk of Honor. Bricks are available for purchase and will be engraved in memory or in honor of Purple Heart Recipients. More information about the event and the bricks can be found at

Governor Charlie Crist had this to say about the National Day of Recognition “Florida honors its Purple Heart heroes and to show our gratitude, the state grants free undergraduate tuition at state colleges and universities for Florida recipients of the Purple Heart. Florida also has a special license plate available to those awarded the Purple Heart.”

“As a way of recognizing Purple Heart Day, the City of Dunedin, Fla., will dedicate a Purple Heart Monument on Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. The Military Order of the Purple Heart named Dunedin the nation’s first Purple Heart City in 2006.”


Contact: Courtney King
(727) 298-3015
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