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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - June 6, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Honors America’s Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day 2011

“Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence review our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the nation’s gratitude . . . “

Excerpt from General Order N. 11

Issued by:

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic

Washington, DC

May 5, 1868


Memorial Day is a day in which our nation remembers and pays tribute to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.  It is their service and sacrifice that protects the freedoms we enjoy and allows us to continue the American way of life.  On this sacred day, let us never forget.


On Monday, March 30, 2011, National Commander Clayton Jones, Senior Vice Commander Bill Hutton, and Jr. Vice Commander Bruce McKenty, assisted by National Sergeant at Arms Ken Swords, paid tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes by laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial Wall.  According to Hutton, “it was so humbling to be able to pay my respects to our fallen, while in the company of men who served this nation so honorably, and sacrificed so much, during a time of war.  I stand in awe and salute these Americans for their leadership and friendship.”


Jones, Hutton & Swords at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Swords and Hutton at Korean War Memorial


Following the wreath laying ceremonies, the MOPH Leadership were invited to join Board Member, Michael McNeely and Director of Administration & Foundation Activities, Lin Peacock, in the reviewing stands of the National Memorial Day Parade as the guests of the MOPH Service Foundation.  As a Three Star Sponsor of the Parade, the MOPHSF was honored to have actor Gary Sinese and six wounded warriors from VA Medical Center in DC ride in the parade as their guests on the MOPHSF float.


Gary Sinese and Wounded Warriors

MOPHSF Memorial Day Float

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