On Tuesday, Sep. 13, the Mesquite City Council will officially proclaim Mesquite as a “Purple Heart City” during its afternoon Council meeting at City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd.  The Council convenes at 5:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend the patriotic ceremony.

In taking this action the City of Mesquite pays special homage to America’s sons and daughters, and particularly those from the Mesquite area, who have been killed or wounded in combat against the enemies of the United States or as a result of acts of international terrorism.

Representing all Purple Heart recipients in Nevada will be Chapter 711 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  Commander Len Yelinek will present Mayor Allan Litman and the Council a special plaque and other mementoes to commemorate the day.  The city will be presented a Purple Heart flag to be flown on military holidays; especially on august 7, Purple Heart Day.  A parking sign to designate a parking space for Purple Heart recipients will also be given the city.

The “Military Order of the Purple Heart U.S.A. Inc.,” (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration.  Chartered by Congress, the MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat.  For this sacrifice they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal.  With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America’s military history.  Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, JROTC Leadership Awards, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trails and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.  MOPH Chapter 711 meets the first Saturday of each month at the I-Hop Restaurant, 9651 Trailwood Dr., Las Vegas.  There are also MOPH chapters in Henderson/Boulder City and Reno.

For more information:

Len Yelinek

MOPH Chapter 711

Phone: 702-362-7673-C   702-460-0769-H

e-mail:  lenyelinek@earthlink.net