Westborough officially recognized as a ‘Purple Heart Town’
By Chris Kopacko, Contributing Writer
Westborough – Selectmen were presented with a Purple Heart Town certificate of acknowledgement for the town of Westborough by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) State Commander Leo Agnew during the Oct. 1 meeting.
In July, Selectmen approved a proclamation which designated Westborough as the second Purple Heart Town in the Commonwealth, along with the town of Clinton. According to Purple Heart Magazine, there are roughly 150 Purple Heart communities across the country.
State officials in attendance during the presentation were State Representative Matt Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) and State Senator Jaime Eldridge (D-Acton).
“We’re both here to honor all of those who have served, but recognizing the town of Westborough for being a leader on becoming the second community in the entire state to earn this designation,” Beaton said.
“I want to just commend the town on its leadership and recognizing and supporting veterans, particularly those who receive a Purple Heart (award),” Eldridge said.
Eldridge read a citation which was signed by all of the delegates of the State Congress, which read as follows:
“Be it hereby known to all that the Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate offers its sincere congratulations to the Town of Westborough in recognition to Westborough’s commitment to honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform wounded or killed while serving our country, and being recognized as a Purple Heart community.”
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