Ceremony will honor fallen soldiers on National Purple Heart Day

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Nearly 7,000 flags were placed in the ground at Purple Heart Memorial Park in Utica on Monday.

Each of the 6,737 flags represent a U.S. soldier that died at war in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Joe Fraccola, SR-Vice Commander Department of NY Military Order of the Purple Heart, said they wanted to create a visual reminder of the sacrifices that have been made because too many people forget the war.

There are 297 flags honoring the fallen soldiers from the Fort Drum 10th Mountain Division and 12 flags representing the fallen from Oneida County.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, is National Purple Heart Day and there will be a memorial at Purple Heart Memorial Park to honor those who have given their lives.

"What you're going to see Wednesday night is we're going to be re-dedicating the Purple Heart Memorial Mural. We'll be presenting memorial plaques to the individual families and honoring all the casualties of the wars, all the wars we've ever been in. People have to understand our freedom comes from all of this," said Fraccola.

The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

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