FAIRBANKS, Alaska On National Purple Heart Day, the community of Fairbanks gathered to celebrate the proclamation of the city of Fairbanks as a Purple Heart city.
On National Purple Heart Day, the community of Fairbanks gathered to celebrate the proclamation of the city of Fairbanks as a Purple Heart city. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF)
City of Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly wants Purple Heart recipients and their families to know that the community of Fairbanks welcomes them. "It's one thing to say that you support the military which we do in this community but to designate us as that one more step, as a purple heart city, just shows the unity that we have with our military friends and those that we honor who received a purple heart," said Matherly.
The city of North Pole and Fairbanks North Star Borough were also proclaimed as Purple Heart communities.
John Knott, state commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Alaska, says the military does not have a list of who has received purple hearts. "This is kind of sending the beacon out to all the purple heart recipients in the state, that these cities acknowledge who we are, acknowledge our sacrifices and our family's sacrifices," said Knott.
Knott wants Purple Heart recipients to know that there are three chapters within the State of Alaska, in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Soldotna. "If a Purple Heart recipient wants to reach out to this organization, all of us are combat injured veterans, and we could so use your support, find us," said Knott.