If Veteran’s Service Officer for South Logan County Del Cole, has his way he will be working in the first county in the state to have every city in the county with a mayor to be named a Purple Heart Community.
Booneville, Magazine, Paris and Subiaco are already on board — new signs were placed to highlight Booneville’s last week — making Logan County, which is also a Purple Heart County, the first to have all cities of population of more than 1,000 to earn the designation.
Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins joined Cole, Eric Siddons — the District 6 Veterans Service Officer — and Purple Heart recipients Anton Lackey, Jim Helton and Arthur Siddons, Sr. for a dedication of the first sign to be installed Friday at the west city limit sign outside the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness church.
Wilkins was presented with a certificate for Booneville at a car show in the downtown in May. Magazine Mayor Stan McConnell was presented with a certificate for his city during the annual Magazine homecoming in June.
Cole says he needs Blue Mountain, Ratcliff and Scranton on board to complete the task.
Earning the designation is not terribly difficult but because the Purple Heart is only awarded to a wounded service-person, Cole said, it does require a commitment for the city to acknowledge the service of Purple Heart recipients when possible.