Monday, April 19, 2010
Atlantic County Celebrates its 25th Annual Arbor Day Program by Honoring the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 155
Atlantic County will commemorate Arbor Day on Friday, April 30 with the dedication of an Eastern Red Bud tree to honor the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 155. The program will be held at 11 AM at Patriot Park, Bethel Road, Somers Point.
Proclaimed as a holiday in 1874, Arbor Day is celebrated each year in communities throughout the world by encouraging tree planting and tree care. In Atlantic County, Arbor Day provides an opportunity to recognize county residents for their exemplary community service with the planting and dedication of a tree in their name.
“Traditionally we celebrate Arbor Day by honoring an outstanding member of our community. This year we commemorate our 25th annual event by honoring an outstanding organization comprised of extraordinary individuals,” stated County Executive Dennis Levinson.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although its membership is restricted to the combat wounded, it supports all veterans and their families with a myriad of programs, services and outreach assistance.
Chapter 155 was instrumental to the creation of the Atlantic County Wall of Honor, a permanent tribute to Atlantic County veterans who died while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Wall of Honor was dedicated on December 12, 2007. It is located in the atrium of the county office building in Atlantic City.
The ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque in honor of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 155. The public is invited to attend.