UTICA, N.Y. - August 7 is National Purple Heart Day, a day to remember those servicemen and servicewomen who have been killed or wounded in military service for their sacrifices to our nation.
Community members and local elected officials attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium to honor Purple Heart recipients and Military Gold Star Families.
"It's a great day for the nation, to help honor those who were killed in all of our American wars and who were wounded in our American wars," said Joe Fraccola, Commander of the CNY Chapter #490 Military Order of the Purple Heart. "It's an opportunity, aside from Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, to help honor our military that served in our country to keep us all free."
Congressman Anthony Brindisi attended the ceremony, and he says the 22nd Congressional District was the first district in the nation declared a Purple Heart Congressional District. The Utica Comets, who call the Aud home, have also been designated a Purple Heart Hockey Club.