Veterans and Purple Heart medal recipients Rich Rozelle, left, and Tom Lane salute during the Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday. Held at the Purple Heart Monument located in front of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island parade deck, the ceremony was part of the state's Purple Heart Recognition Week. Sunday was the nationwide Purple Heart Appreciation Day, recognizing the 231st anniversary of the award. The Purple Heart medal, which honors soldiers killed or wounded in the line of duty, was originally awarded by George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782.
Veterans and Purple Heart medal recipients Rich Rozelle, left, and Tom Lane salute during the Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday. Held at the Purple Heart Monument located in front of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island parade deck, the ceremony was part of the state's Purple Heart Recognition Week. Sunday was the nationwide Purple Heart Appreciation Day, recognizing the 231st anniversary of the award. The Purple Heart medal, which honors soldiers killed or wounded in the line of duty, was originally awarded by George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782. Jay Karr
Veterans and Purple Heart medal recipients Rich Rozelle, left, and Tom Lane salute during the Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday. Held at the Purple Heart Monument located in front of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island parade deck, the ceremony was part of the state's Purple Heart Recognition Week. Sunday was the nationwide Purple Heart Appreciation Day, recognizing the 231st anniversary of the award. The Purple Heart medal, which honors soldiers killed or wounded in the line of duty, was originally awarded by George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782. Jay Karr

Local Purple Heart recipients honored in ceremony on Parris Island

August 06, 2013 8:27 PM