CHEVIOT, OH (FOX19) - A special ceremony was held Tuesday night in Cheviot where the Military Order of the Purple Heart was presented to city leaders. Cheviot is the second city in Ohio after Newark and only the seventh city in the country to be called a Purple Heart City.
The Purple Heart is the first American award ever to be bestowed upon the common soldier and the oldest military decoration in the world still used today. "We call it the least sought after medal in the military," said Tony Kohl, Commander of Military Order of the Purple Heart chapters on both the state and local level.
The Purple Heart is given to members of the armed forces who are wounded or killed during the course of battle. The Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 to protect and serve all who have received the decoration.
Cheviot mayor Sam Keller read a proclamation during a special session of a town council meeting Monday. "This is something that we feel very strongly about...it's our veterans. And especially our Purple Heart veterans. They do meet here monthly in cheviot and we try to support them in every way that we possibly can," said Keller.
The city of Cheviot also received an Order flag which the mayor says will be displayed proudly along with POW-MIA banner now flying over Cheviot.