Ricketts honors Purple Heart recipients at State Capitol, urges Nebraskans to remember the sacrifices
LINCOLN — Nebraska officials observed Purple Heart Day on Tuesday with an official proclamation and purple lighting on the State Capitol.
Gov. Pete Ricketts hosted members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart at an afternoon ceremony, during which he urged Nebraskans to remember the sacrifices of those who join the U.S. military and of their families.
He also said he wants to make Nebraska the most veteran-friendly state. He said the state has taken several steps toward that goal in recent years. Those steps include putting the state veterans homes under the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, creating special military license plates and passing bills to make it easier for veterans and the spouses of active-duty military members to find jobs and obtain professional licenses.
The Purple Heart has been awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. military since 1932. Its forerunner was established in 1782.