WOODS RECOGNIZES FORMER SHERIFF IN HONOR OF NATIONAL PURPLE HEART DAY
Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
The Purple Heart was created by George Washington in 1782, and since 1932 an estimated 1.8 million service members who were wounded or killed in combat have been awarded the medal, according to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor.
For their scars and sacrifice, these brave Americans have been recognized with a singular recognition, designed in the shape of a heart, colored purple and emblazoned with the likeness of America's most famous soldier - Gen. George Washington.
I would like to recognize and honor retired Jefferson County Sheriff, Edward Lewis "Boe" Fontaine, who was a four-time recipient of the Purple Heart.
Fontaine and all other Purple Heart heroes epitomize all that makes our country great. Each one has been willing to lay down their life for friends, family, community and country. They represent the true cost of freedom. Their selfless service is what we honor each year on National Purple Heart Day.
Today we remember all those who represent the true cost of freedom. We honor all those who have left our shores, never to return, as well as those who came back with scars that often never heal. Today, salute our Purple Heart heroes.
Lafayette Woods, Jr.