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A Red Wing, a Purple Heart: City honors wounded veterans

With immense gratitude for its veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the city of Red Wing has proclaimed itself a "Purple Heart City."

On Monday, June 25, Mayor Sean Dowse read a proclamation to City Council stating that, through its admiration and gratitude, Red Wing is hereto forward a Purple Heart City, and the week of June 25, 2018, is "officially designated as the week in Red Wing to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal."

Retired. Col. Richard Johnson of Red Wing proudly accepted this proclamation on behalf of all Purple Heart veterans. He said being a Purple Heart City means being "welcoming for veterans" and in addition to recognizing those veterans awarded a Purple Heart.

The Purple Heart is awarded only to members of the U.S. armed forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

In his acceptance message, Johnson gave a brief history of Purple Heart veterans in Red Wing, including the community's appreciation for Col. William Colvill, the namesake of Colvill Park.

"The Purple Heart is America's oldest medal. In 1782 General Washington gave it as Medal of Merit and after that the medal was used for both merit and those who were combat wounded" Johnson said in an interview.

Wabasha County and the city of Winona have recently declared themselves as Purple Heart communities. Red Wing, following suit, has vowed to honor its brave veterans, and those who have received the Purple Heart honor, Johnson said.