BEREA, Ohio — Three “Welcome to our Purple Heart Community” signs have been posted at the entrances to Berea.
Berea was named Purple Heart City last year at the annual Veterans Picnic. The honor was bestowed by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in recognition of Berea’s commitment to veterans.
A plaque honoring Berea was presented to Mayor Cyril Kleem by Randy Howson, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Ohio, and Charles Tobe, Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart Medal was created by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War. It honors service members who lose their lives or are injured in battle.
Berea is one of the few towns with its own Veterans Outreach Office, which provides services to veterans throughout northeast Ohio. Outreach volunteers visit veterans in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, hold flag ceremonies for students, and hold community events for veterans.
The Veterans Safety Team assists law enforcement at concerts and festivals and provides school crossing guards for the Berea City School District.
Berea is the only city in Ohio to be designated a “We Honor Veterans” city due to its partnership with Southwest General Hospice.