(Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)
At its regular meeting on Tuesday April 19, the Bossier City Council unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Bossier City as “Purple Heart City.”
“Becoming a “Purple Heart City” is an honor and title given by the Military Order of the Purple Heart veterans organization for those entities that want to honor, respect, thank and remember Purple Heart awardees. It may be a city, parish, school, business, sports team, etc. It is entered into the Purple Heart Trail website and it is forever seen by the nation. If selected, Bossier City will be the third city in Louisiana to become a Purple Heart City,” said Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler.
The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military. It is also the oldest military medal in the nation.
To be declared a “Purple Heart City,” a mayor and/or city council must deliver an official proclamation which is then presented to the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).
In other business conducted during Tuesday’s meeting, the Bossier City Council approved:
- Adoption of a resolution authorizing the hiring of one (1) Police Officer for the Bossier City Police Department.
- Adoption of a resolution authorizing the hiring of a Utility Worker for the Water Distribution Division in the Public Utilities Department.
- Adoption of a resolution eliminating a Jailer position and a Communications Officer Position and hiring one Secretary to the Police Chief.