Purple Heart memorial coming to Park on Fairview

A Purple Heart memorial erected by Chapter 106 is nearly identical to the one planned for the Park at Fairview. PHOTO COURTESY OF RAYMOND HAIT

The Park on Fairview will soon be home to more than one military memorial.

Chapter 634 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be erecting a monument at the park dedicated to those who have been wounded in the service of our country.

Raymond Hait is the Senior Vice Commander of Chapter 634, and has played a large part in the effort to get the memorial put up at the park.

“We went through all the channels,” Hait said. “We talked to parks and recreation, then we went to the city council—we’ve been all the way through it.”

The memorial is a modest 3’ x 5’ x 2’ stone tablet, made of Indian red granite to represent the blood shed by soldiers, which will even get a little darker over time. The memorial shows a picture of the Purple Heart on the left side, on the top is a short dedication to recipients of the medal, and a poem about the monument and the medal is on the right side.

The proposal was presented to the town commission on October 19 after receiving a favorable review from the parks and recreation board. The commission voted unanimously to approve the addition of the monument, pending certain details about the placing of the sidewalk and the specific placement.

This is the first attempt to erect a Purple Heart Memorial by Chapter 634, but they plan on trying to do the same in Charlotte at the Vietnam War Memorial and possibly at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, between Lexington and Concord.

ThePurple Heart memorial will be placed along the sidewalk between the parking lot and the Korean War Memorial.

Hait, and Chapter 634 want to place the memorial at the park to honor all wounded veterans, including the ones honored by the Korean memorial, all of whom are recipients of the Purple Heart.

“This memorial that we’ll put up goes to everyone in every war that was ever fought,” Hait said. “It’s not for one group of people, it’s for everybody that has been combat wounded.”

The Purple Heart is the oldest American military medal still awarded to soldiers, first given by George Washington, and honors all soldiers who are wounded in combat by the enemy.

The memorial, including installment, costs roughly $6,859, and chapter 634 has said that they do not intend to use any city money or time to purchase or install the monument, which is manufactured by a company in New Jersey that manufactures the monuments nationally for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Hait and company will be contacting local businesses to raise money, but he said that the cost is relatively so cheap, that one donor “could write a check for two of them.”

For more information or to donate money, contact Ray Hait, at rayhait@gmail.com.

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