The Winona combat wounded veterans chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is currently looking for donations to help erect a Purple Heart Monument in Winona’s Veterans Park. The monument, which honors all recipients of the Purple Heart Medal living or deceased, will be made of red granite and will include a walkway paved with bricks that Purple Heart veterans or their loved ones may buy in honor of their service. “The stone color speaks for the red blood that was shed,” David Meyers, the commander-elect of the Winona combat wounded veterans chapter, explained. “The walkway will go around the monument and will be paved with bricks with the names of veterans who have earned the Purple Heart, along with where they were given their Purple Heart.”
The monument will include quotes related to all five branches of the U.S. military — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Ultimately, Meyers said that he hopes to have the monument completed by Veterans Day of this year, but sees Memorial Day of 2015 as a more realistic date.
“The monument will preserve the memory of each Winona veteran wounded in combat,” Meyers explained of the monument’s importance. “Their service will be preserved in perpetuity.”
Those with questions may call (507) 689-4175 or (507) 450-5792. Applications for purchasing a brick may be found at Winona American Legion and Winona VFW.