Prior To Proclamation.
At the City Council meeting of 22 May 2014, the Chapter Commander and Adjutant had the Honor of presenting a proposal that if accepted by the city will proclaim Sierra Vista, AZ the FIRST Purple Heart City in the State of Arizona. Thank You to Adjutant Christopher Vedvick for all of his hard work in drafting the proposal! Pictured Left to Right: Council Member Henrietta Huisking, Council Member Tom Reardon, Council Member Rachel Gray, Mayor Rick Mueller, Chapter Commander Eddie Weathers, Chapter Adjutant Christopher Vedvick, Council Member Gwen Calhoun, Council Member Tom Crosby.
Proclamation (23 October 2014).
Perhaps a statement from our Chapter Adjutant, Christopher Vedvick, concerning the events of 23 October 2014, sums up the entire project most appropriately!!
"Tonight was a big night for me and for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 572. Sierra Vista was proclaimed a Purple Heart City which was a lot of hard work but it finally came together. Many thanks to my hard working partner in crime Commander Eddie Weathers and to Whitey Reese for keeping me out of jail. And a big thank you goes out to my gorgeous and amazingly talented wife Tiffany who not only inspires me daily but keeps me grounded and focused."
Also, Mayor Rick Mueller presented MOPH 572 with the following certificate:
Subsequent To Proclamation.
The following article appeared in The Fort Huachuca Scout.
November 7, 2014
City of Sierra Vista
Sierra Vista became the second official Purple Heart City in Arizona on Oct. 23, when City Council passed a resolution and Mayor Frederick Mueller made an official proclamation recognizing the personal sacrifice and valor Purple Heart recipients have made for our nation.
"We're pleased to be a Purple Heart City," Mueller says. "The City of Sierra Vista is home to a large population of highly decorated active military and veteran population, and we appreciate the sacrifice our Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedom. Declaring the City of Sierra Vista a Purple Heart City is just one way that we can acknowledge their immense courage and selfless service."
The Purple Heart, designated by George Washington in 1782, was the first badge of merit that could be earned by the common soldier, and gave recipients the same privilege of an officer - a salute in respect of their sacrifice.
"The City of Sierra Vista has had a long and gracious history with the military," said James Weathers, commander of the Sierra Vista chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), as he accepted the official proclamation.
Weathers, along with Christopher Vedvick, adjutant for the Sierra Vista MOPH chapter, presented a proposal to City Council in May 2014, seeking to designate Sierra Vista as a Purple Heart City. Vedvick noted that a Purple Heart City designation is an offshoot of the Purple Heart Memorial Highway program.
With the City Council's approval to move forward, the project took off. In addition to leading the charge to designate Sierra Vista as a Purple Heart City, MOPH raised more than $4,000 to replace the sign at Purple Heart Park, which had been damaged by time and graffiti.
"Replacing the sign at Purple Heart Park was on the list of park improvements, but it wasn't slated for replacement in this fiscal year," says Victoria Yarbrough, director of Leisure and Library Services for the City of Sierra Vista. "We were trying to scrape together enough money to replace the sign in this year, and were hoping for a small contribution from the Military Order of the Purple Heart chapter," she says. "In the end, their incredible generosity allowed us to purchase a beautiful, new cast concrete sign."
Along with the designation and new park signage, the Sierra Vista Public Works Department will install two Purple Heart City placards on the signs posted just inside the city limits on Buffalo Soldier Trail and Charleston Road, welcoming travelers to Sierra Vista.
"These signs will serve as visual reminders of Sierra Vista's commitment to our active and military veterans, and honor service men and women for their sacrifice and service to our country," Yarbrough says.
Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, looks on as Mayor Rick Mueller and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart erect the sign recognizing Sierra Vista as a Purple Heart City. (Photo by Col. Thomas A. Boone)
The new sign can be seen on Buffalo Soldier Trail just past the East Gate. Sierra Vista is the second city in the state to be recognized as a Purple Heart City and the first in southern Arizona. (Photo by Barb Ashley)
Nancy Fyffe, Mickey Reese, Barbara Blankenship, Shyrle Gehrke, and Tiffany Vedvick.
Commander Eddie Weathers presented the Sierra Vista Purple Heart City Proclamation to Victoria Yarbrough; Director, Leisure & Library Services at City of Sierra Vista. The Purple Heart City Proclamation will hang in a place of Honor in the City Library.
And then the feast at our MOPH Chapter 572's next General Membership meeting !!