GUIDELINE TO ESTABLISH A PURPLE HEART CITY or COUNTY
Here are some tips and suggestions on establishing a Purple Heart City or County.
This is just a guide to assist in your efforts, and does not proclaim to be the “End-All”
in the procedure.
I use a County Board of Supervisors (BOS) in the below outline, however, you can
use the same information for a City Council or Board of Commissioners, etc.
First, find out who on your BOS is the Veteran’s contact person. If there is no
Supervisor assigned to this, contact the Board Chairperson or County person known
to you, and ask for a face-to-face meeting.
Have with you a copy of the example Proclamation (click for two examples), and
suggest they can use it as a guide in making their own. Be prepared to explain what
your intent is ie, honoring all those who have sacrificed for their country .. those
killed or wounded in combat ….
Make sure you advise him/her that it’s cost neutral; that it will not cost the County
any money … any incurred cost will be absorbed by your chapter – such as plaques,
highway signs, etc. This is an important point, as knowing that there is no cost
involved will resolve any fiscal issue that might inhibit action.
You will probably be referred to the County Clerk to work up the Proclamation. Be
sure she/he sends you a draft copy for your review and approval – before it’s finalized.
It’s important you agree with the verbiage.
Once the Proclamation is firmed up, ask that the BOS presentation be placed on the
agenda at least two weeks in advance. This gives you time to contact other Veterans
organizations to attend the meeting, and for you to contact the newspaper / radio to
publicize the event. Invite as many veterans you can – Ladies, other vets, all your
If your BOS meetings are televised, ask the cameraman for copies on DVD – they
may charge you, but some may honor our non-profit status and waive any charge. If
they won’t waive the cost, pay the money – it’s well worth it to have a DVD of the
presentation. If no filming is available, assign someone to video it.
Be prepared to give a short acceptance speech (if given the opportunity). They are
honoring Purple Heart veterans, and they should receive recognition for doing so.
If you can, bring enough of your Department coins / pins, etc. to present to all the
Supervisors – don’t forget the County / City Attorney, Clerk of the Board, Chief
Administrative Officer, City Manager etc. Everyone who sits facing the audience
should get one.
After the awards, Chapters gater outside and take lot of still pictures – some are
submitted to, and were published in, the Purple Heart Magazine, others can feature in
the Purple Hat Press.
Please keep your Department and Regional Commander appraised of your progress.
As the National Coordinator of the program, I will need legislative confirmation (a
copy of the resolution or proclamation) alongwith an address, specifically a zipcode.
Once confirmed, I will post it on the National web-site.
It is suggested you send the Proclamation / Resolution to your Department
Commander, who will send it to your Regional Commander, who will send it to me
(scanned copy in email). It is very important your chain-of-command be kept in the
The above can also be used as an outline for a Purple Heart State, by contacting a
State Legislator who would be willing to introduce a Bill or Resolution.
Call or email me anytime if I can be of further assistance. Yours in Patriotism,
Jim James Varejcka
National Purple Heart Trail Coordinator
450 Conestoga Ave
Hickman, NE 68372-9783
Phone: (402) 792-2144