In June of 2013 The Purple
Heart monument was added to The Ohio Veterans' Memorial
Park. The memorial is dedicated to all of those who served
honorably and were wounded in service to our nation.
The following year, in May
of 2014, the Purple Heart bench was dedicated, to complete
The Purple Heart Memorial.
The Adjutant General’s Office
The Purple Heart was originally
established by General George Washington at Newburgh, 7
August 1782, during The War of the Revolution. The
decoration was revived by the War Department on 22 February
1932, the two-hundredth anniversary of General Washington’s
birth, thus paying respect to his memory and recognizing his
military achievements. It is awarded to persons who, while
serving in any capacity with the United States Military, are
wounded in action against an enemy of The United States, or
who since 6 December 1941 are killed in action, or die as a
direct result of wounds received in action.
The following is a brief description
of The Purple Heart; The decoration consists of a purple
enameled heart within a bronze border on which is mounted in
relief a profile head of General Washington in military
uniform. Above the enameled heart is the shield of
Washington’s coat of arms between two sprays of leaves in
green enamel. On the reverse below the shield and leaves
without enamel, is a raised bronze heart with the
inscription “For Military Merit”, under which is engraved
the name of the recipient. The medal is suspended by a
rectangular-shaped metal loop with corners rounded from a
silk moire ribbon of purple center with white edges.
Remembrance of TEC 5 Stephen Szerecz U.S. Army Ranger 5th
KIA June 6, 1944 D-Day Campaign Omaha Beach / Buried in
Funded by the family of his brother, Anthony (Szerecz)
Serets - USMC
~ We wish to
extend a very special THANK YOU
family and friends of
TEC 5 Stephen Szerecz U.S.
KIA June 6, 1944 D-Day Campaign Omaha Beach /
Buried in Normandy, France
The Military Order of the Purple Heart
Chapter 699 - Akron, Ohio
the Purple Heart section of the park possible.