Posted on: October 24, 2018

VetCare, City of Atlantic Beach honor Purple Heart recipients


PurpleHeartPhoto102318The Roberts Mt. Pisgah (RPM) VetCare Ministry is assisting the City of Atlantic Beach in honoring local Purple Heart recipients for their valor and patriotism.

Following the City’s recent designation as a “Purple Heart City,” the RPM VetCare Ministry presented the City a check on Oct. 23 paying for a “Purple Heart City” street sign. The sign will be erected on Mayport Road in Atlantic Beach near Naval Station Mayport.

RMP VetCare Ministry was established to support local veterans and their families; the Purple Heart is awarded to individuals wounded in action against an enemy or as a direct result of an act of the enemy.

The Oct. 23 check presentation was made as part of the City of Atlantic Beach’s Florida City Government Week activities.

“It is an honor to service those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. The little we do has the ability to change much,” said the Rev. Vaseal Montgomery, director of RMP VetCare Ministry.

Atlantic Beach has a large, highly decorated active-duty and veteran population, including many Purple Heart recipients. The City was designated a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a Congressionally chartered organization that supports combat-wounded veterans and works to ensure that Americans never forget the sacrifices made by U.S. military personnel.

“The City of Atlantic Beach is grateful for the sacrifices our Purple Heart recipients made for our freedoms,” said Mayor Ellen Glasser. “It’s important that we acknowledge all service members – active, former and those who have passed -- for their courage, along with never forgetting those who paid the price on our behalves.”

Cutline info: Following Atlantic Beach’s recent designation as a “Purple Heart City,” the Roberts Mt. Pisgah AME VetCare Ministry presented the City a check on Oct. 23 paying for a “Purple Heart City” street sign. Pictured are, from left, Joe Gerrity, city manager; Yvonne Calverley, executive assistant to the city manager and U.S. Navy veteran; Candace Kelly, city commissioner and U.S. Navy veteran; Kennetta Carter, Roberts Mt. Pisgah AME pastor; Craig Dunning, U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient; Edward Waters, U.S. Army veteran and VetCare volunteer; Lorenzo Williams, U.S. Army veteran and Vetcare Volunteer; Vaseal V. Montgomery, U.S. Army veteran and VetCare Ministry director; Theodore Martin, U.S. Army veteran and VetCare volunteer; and Ellen Glasser, mayor.

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