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From left - Gene Dover; Bryce Lockwood; John Dismer; Everett Kelly; Don Phillips; Dennis Wood; Mark Maples; Jerry Dodd and C. W. Ward

Stone County Commissioners have signed a proclamation designating the county as a Purple Heart County.

State Representative Don Phillips and some Purple Heart recipients joined commissioners in a brief ceremony for the signing of the resolution on June 20th.  

With the stroke of a pen, Stone County became the fourth county in the state to become a Purple Heart county.  Phillips and others are working with other counties to make Missouri a Purple Heart state

A portion of the resolution states, "the Stone County Commission desires to proclaim Stone County, Missouri, to be a Purple Heart County honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation's men and women in uniform, wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect our freedom."

"Stone County is proud to be the fourth county in the state of Missouri to honor our service men and women for their sacrifices and our freedom," said Presiding Commissioner Dennis Wood.

The only way to receive a Purple Heart is to be wounded in combat while fighting in a war or conflict.

"We are eternally indebted to those who wear the Purple Heart," said Wood.