In front of Purple Heart recipients and other veterans, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and the Orange Beach City Council on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 proclaimed that Orange Beach is a “Purple Heart City” and that all Orange Beach citizens are encouraged to show their appreciation for the sacrifices the Purple Heart recipients have made in defending our freedoms.

Among the veterans in attendance were:

  • Whitney Echols, an Army veteran who earned a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War.
  • Fred Stiner, an Army veteran who earned a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War.
  • Eddie Spratlin, an Army veteran who earned a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War.
  • Brandon Lloyd, an Army veteran who earned a Purple Heart while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In addition to the “Purple Heart City” proclamation, the city will place “Welcome to Our Purple Heart Community” signs next to the “Welcome to Orange Beach” signs on the beach highway, Canal Road and the Foley Beach Express.

The full Proclamation signed by Mayor Tony Kennon reads as follows,

Whereas, the citizens of the City of Orange Beach, Alabama, have great admiration and the utmost gratitude for all the men and women who selflessly served their country and this city in the Armed Forces; and

Whereas, veterans have paid the high price of freedom by leaving their families and communities and placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all; and

Whereas, the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women from the City of Orange Beach who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens; and

Whereas, many citizens of our community have earned the Purple Heart Medal as a result of being wounded while engaged in combat with an enemy force, construed as a singularly meritorious act of essential services; and

Whereas, March 6, 2018, has officially been designated as a day in the City of Orange Beach to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed by the Orange Beach City Council and Mayor that the City of Orange Beach is a PURPLE HEART CITY and all Orange Beach citizens are encouraged to show their appreciation for the sacrifices the Purple Heart recipients have made in defending our freedoms.