Niagara County Raises Purple Heart Flag at Courthouse
Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski, Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt, Veteran Services Director Jeff Glatz and Ron Krul, President of Niagara County Purple Heart Chapter, today raised the Purple Heart flag outside of the Niagara County Courthouse as a lead up to National Purple Heart Day on August 7. Each year, the day is dedicated to honoring service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives on the front lines. It also honors military personnel who have suffered a life-altering injury due to combat.
In 2019, Niagara County became a Purple Heart County and maintains an official book of all known residents who have received a Purple Heart which currently stands at 258 people. This year, 87 more residents will be inducted into the Purple Heart Book during a recognition ceremony on Purple Heart Day.
Event details as follows:
Event: 2021 Niagara County, Frank J. Gaffney Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm American Legion "Band of the Tonawandas" begins playing
7:00 pm Formal ceremony begins
Location: Raymond Klimek Veteran's Park, 700 River Road in North Tonawanda
The event is sponsored by Amvets Post #26 and will feature the Niagara Falls ARS Honor Guard, Hogs and Heroes, and a flyover by the Niagara County Sheriff's Marine and Helicopter Division. The public and media are invited to attend. Members of the public should bring their own chairs.
(Pictured from left to right: Niagara County Legislature Majority Leader Randy Bradt; Ron Krul, President of Niagara County Purple Heart Chapter; Veteran Services Director Jeff Glatz; and Niagara County Clerk Joseph A. Jastrzemski)