Breck Post Office seeks veterans with Purple Hearts for ceremony
Officials at the Breckenridge Post Office are looking for veterans who earned Purple Hearts to participate in a ceremony honoring a new stamp May 30.
The President awards Purple Heart medals to members of the armed forces who are killed or injured in the line of duty.
The Postal Service is issuing a Purple Heart stamp at the Mount Vernon home of George Washington that day. His image appears on the Purple Heart medal; the medal is depicted on the stamp.
Gen. Washington often rewarded soldiers with commissions or advances in rank. But in 1782, the Continental Congress ordered him to cease doing so because there wasn’t money to pay the soldiers, much less honor officers.
Historians believe Washington searched for a substitute.
He wrote that “whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk-edged with narrow lace or binding … The name and regiment of the persons so certified are to be enrolled in a Book of Merit.”
That paper was lost until 1932, when the U.S. War Department revived it. Elizabeth Will, who worked in the Office of the Quartermaster General, redesigned the new medal. The new decoration is metal instead of perishable cloth and is made in the shape of a purple heart bordered with gold and with a bust of Washington in the middle and the Washington coat-of-arms at the top.
Local veterans who want to participate in the celebration can call Linda at (970) 453-5467. Purple Heart stamps will be available on May 30.
– Jane Stebbins
Join a homecoming celebration for Jim Melvin June 1
Jim Melvin was injured in a car accident March 23. He has been hospitalized in Denver and Craig since his accident and is just returning home.
Everyone in the community is invited to welcome Melvin home at a party to celebrate the event.
A potluck lunch is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 1 at the Silverthorne Recreation Center community room. The Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons will play live music.
– Daily News staff report
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