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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

El Paso, Texas - July 20, 2015

El Paso’s "Purple Heart Elementary School" Honors America’s Heroes

EL PASO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to salute the Socorro Independent School District (SISD) of El Paso, Texas for naming the District’s 47th and newest campus as “Purple Heart Elementary School.” The media and the public are invited to attend the opening ceremony at 9:30 AM, Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 14400 GR Campuzano, El Paso, TX 79938.

The city of El Paso has a proud tradition of supporting and honoring our Nation’s Veterans, Active Duty Military, and their families -- an inherent part of the heritage, tradition, spirit, and cultural fabric that makes El Paso such a unique and special city. By dedicating this school to America’s heroes, Socorro ISD, which serves families from Fort Bliss and the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division, honors the nation’s military men and women who were wounded or killed in combat by the enemies of the United States of America, defending the very freedoms that make this nation so great. For their service and sacrifice they received the Purple Heart Medal.

For the ribbon cutting ceremony, Principal Jennifer Parker will be joined by Superintendent José Espinoza and the Board of Trustees of the Socorro Independent School District, as well as members of the school staff and faculty, students, and their parents. Also attending will be Commander Ismael Samaniego and Patriot Members of El Paso Chapter 393 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, MOPH Department of Texas Commander Felix Garcia, and other Purple Heart recipients from throughout the State.

Purple Heart Elementary School is a state-of-the-art facility, built to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The unique design of the school will encourage collaborative and project-based learning, which will support the belief system that “College Begins in Kindergarten.” Instruction will focus on the 4 C’s: Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, and Critical thinking and embrace the motto: “Heroes have Heart!”

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, JROTC Leadership Awards, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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