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Santa Fe event held for Purple Heart recipients

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A special recognition ceremony in Santa Fe will honor Purple Heart Award recipients.
Purple Heart recipients, their family members, friends and the public are invited to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony, Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Santa Fe Veterans Memorial, 407 Galisteo St., on the northeast corner of the Bataan Memorial Building.

The Purple Heart Award is our nation’s oldest combat decoration. It is presented to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in combat.
The ceremony is presented by the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, the New Mexico National Guard, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service and the city of Santa Fe.

Free parking will be available in the South Capitol Parking Garage, located south of the Bataan Memorial Building near the intersection of Galisteo and Manhattan streets, and in the gravel parking lot on South Capitol Avenue between the parking garage and the Bataan Memorial Building.
About 3,000 people in New Mexico have received the Purple Heart Award, according to information from the state Department of Veterans Services.
For more information, contact Josetta Rodriguez at josetta.rodriguez@state.nm.us or terence.shotkoski@carriageservices.com.