Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #249
ORDER ADOPTED
Oct 29, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Council declare that honor and gratitude be bestowed upon the Military Order of The Purple Heart, and further declare the City of Cambridge as a “Purple Heart City” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Craig A. Kelley
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

In April of 1775, the first battles in the War for Independence also known as The Revolutionary War, were fought in Massachusetts by colonists who served as militia, minutemen, and ultimately formed the Continental Army; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

General George Washington traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as Commander in Chief assumed command of the Continental Army on the Cambridge Common on July 3, 1775; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

In the years 1775 through 1783, approximately 8,000 of the Continental soldiers were killed in battle, 25,000 were wounded and approximately 16,000 soldiers died from illness and starvation; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

On August 7, 1782, in Newburgh, New York, President George Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit,” now known as “The Purple Heart,” which is given specifically to members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in combat or have paid the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The citizens of Cambridge, Massachusetts, have great respect and the utmost gratitude for all the men and women past and present who have selflessly served our country in the United States Armed Forces; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The contributions and sacrifices of the men and women from the City of Cambridge who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

August 7th is nationally recognized as Purple Heart Appreciation Day; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record declaring that honor and gratitude be bestowed upon the Military Order of The Purple Heart, and further declare the City of Cambridge as a “Purple Heart City” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That August 7th shall be annually as recognized as Purple Heart Day in the City of Cambridge.

 

Meeting History

Oct 29, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED