The City of Saint Robert became the first city on the Interstate 44 corridor to become a Purple Heart City on the Purple Heart Trail. A Purple Heart City is a community with “great admiration and gratitude for the men and women who have served this country.”
“The City of St. Robert seeks to recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart veteran,” Anita Ivey said. “The Board of Alderman desire to proclaim the city of St Robert to be a Purple Heart city, honoring the sacrifices of our nation’s men and women in uniform serving to protect our freedoms.”
The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces. The Purple Heart Trail originates in Mount Vernon, Va., and traverses the United States to California.
Several Purple Heart recipients attended a reception at City of Saint Robert Municipal Center January 22, 2013 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart presented the City with a plaque and a flag to be flown on Purple Heart Day, August 7.
August 7 marks the anniversary of the date that General George Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit”, the precursor of the Purple Heart, in 1782.
The designation of St. Robert as a Purple Heart City is another indicator of the prevalent patriotism that runs deep in Pulaski County USA.