Mayor, local veterans celebrate new sign declaring Aiken a Purple Heart Community
Several years ago the city of Aiken made a proclamation declaring Aiken a Purple Heart Community in honor of the numerous veterans who live here.
However, funds for the signage did not come through.
On Tuesday, which was also the anniversary of 9/11, Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon fulfilled the promise the city made to the Aiken County Veterans Council and unveiled the sign along Richland Avenue declaring Aiken a Purple Heart Community.
“It’s a great honor to have these Purple Heart recipients among us,” Osbon said. ”…This is just a small way that we can honor them.”
The ceremony was held in conjunction with the Matthew Dillon Chapter No. 2005 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, along with other members and leaders of Aiken’s veterans community.
“I think it’s crucial for the City of Aiken that we’re able to sacrifice so much in the defense of our nation,” said Dwight Bradham, director of Aiken County Veterans Affairs. “The opportunity for us to be able to do this is just tremendous.”
Veterans at the ceremony praised Osbon for coming through with the funding for the sign.
The sign is displayed on Richland Avenue, next to the Gas Plus Station.