FAIRFIELD — Solano County on Tuesday became a Purple Heart County.
The county Board of Supervisors made the designation by a unanimous vote. A green sign with a Purple Heart award depiction will go up on roads at various locations.
“Today is a milestone for Solano County,” Supervisor Jim Spering said.
Seven Purple Heart award recipients took part in the presentation in the Board of Supervisors chamber. Among them was Chief Master Sgt. Ted Thomas, who got wounded in the Philippines during a helicopter ambush and who is on active duty at Travis Air Force Base.
“I really am humbled today,” Thomas said as he stood among the other Purple Heart recipients at the presentation.
Supervisor John Vasquez recounted how George Washington in 1782 established the Purple Heart award to honor soldiers for meritorious action. The Purple Heart award in 1932 got revived to honor military personnel who get wounded or killed when on duty.
Solano County is home to 40,000 veterans and 300 Purple Heart recipients, Spering said. It is the eighth county in California to become a Purple Heart County, he said.
Col. Corey J. Martin, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, attended the ceremony to pay tribute to Purple Heart recipients.
“I am privileged to be up here in such a distinguished group,” he said.
Martin talked about how 500 to 600 Travis personnel serve in such parts of the world as the Middle East, South America and Africa. They are really on the front line of what the United States is doing around the world, Martin said.
Sometimes, being on the front line, they get injured or killed.
“Thank you very much for your dedication to your country,” Vasquez told the Purple Heart recipients.
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