Korean War veterans and local chapters of The Military Order of the Purple Heart gathered for their 10th annual celebration on Fountain Square Wednesday afternoon.
Veterans read the names of 79 Greater Cincinnati men who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.
A display of 20 plaques with names and photos of 282 servicemen and women from Ohio who gave their lives for our country in Iraq and Afghanistan were on display.
Cincinnati Postmaster Karen Garber also presented an enlarged framed forever Purple Heart stamp to Staff Sgt. James Price, a Vietnam veteran.
Price served three tours in Vietnam, and he has two Purple Hearts, one Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.
Several groups turned out to honor local servicemen and recognize Purple Heart recipients.
“The Purple Heart organization is the only military organization that has 100 percent combat-wounded veterans as members,” said Howard Osterkamp, who is the former Department of Ohio commander in Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 3620.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in the world still in use, and the first made available to a common soldier. The Purple Heart was created by Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War.
Purple Heart Day will be observed Friday.