In this March 4th press release from Richard Young, Initiator and Coordinator of the Purple Heart Monument and Purple Heart County Designation, explains the background of the monument to be dedicated August 7th.
McHenry County became the first of 102 counties in the State of Illinois to declare by proclamation to be a Purple Heart County and be entitled to fly the Purple Heart Flag.
The Illinois Military Order of the Purple Heart must approve all proclamations and monuments.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military award given. It is earned by Veterans who have given their lives or have been injured while serving and defending our country.
Richard Young presented a Purple Heart Flag to County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill at the March 4, 2014, meeting after Board memeber Paula Yensen read the proclamation. The flag was given to them by the Illinois Military Order of the Purple Heart. Assisting in the presentation was Undersheriff Andy Zinke.
Zinke was instrumental in getting approval and installation of the Purple Heart Monument. Richard Young stated, “I asked Undersheriff Zinke for his help and he stepped right up.”
Undersheriff Anydy Zinke stated, “I respect and appreciate all of our Veterans in McHenry County and elsewhere. This monument is a symbol of their sacrifices and dedication to our country we all love. I want to thank Richard and Monica Young for their willingness and passion toward making this happen.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart will have a Purple Heart Monument installed at the McHenry County Government Center, making McHenry County the first county in Illinois to have a monument placed on county grounds. The monument stone is a special granite that when becomes wet, turns a reddish color and appears to bleed.
There is no cost to tax payers!! Mr. Young initiated and has made all arrangements for the monuments purchase, inscriptions and installation.
Mr. Chuck Ruth of Alliance Contractors and Mr. Anthony Zoia of Zoia Monuments, both of Woodstock, have agreed to install the monument.
Congress has declared August 7th as Purple Heart Day. Our Purple Heart Monument will be deicdated on August 7, 2014. Along with the dedication, I have secured the movable Illinois Memorial Wall of Honor dedicated to Illinois fallen warriors to be here on display that day.
“THE GREATEST CASUALTY OF WAR IS BEING FORGOTTEN!”