Marana will become designated as a Purple Heart Town during next Tuesday’s Council meeting. The honor recognizes cities and towns that go above and beyond to support veterans.
Only two other Arizona communities (Scottsdale and Sierra Vista) and one county (Coconino) share the distinction. Marana is also the future home of a veterans’ cemetery.
“The Town of Marana is proud to receive this designation,” said Mayor Ed Honea, a U.S. Navy veteran. “The military plays a vital role in our community and the Town is always willing to support these men and women in every way possible.”
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in use, created as a badge of military merit by George Washington in 1782. It honors the brave men and women who are wounded or killed in combat.
The Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex (11555 W. Civic Center Dr.).