Tulsa County designated first Purple Heart County in Oklahoma

Tulsa County first in state to become Purple Heart County

TULSA COUNTY, Okla. — Tulsa County is a Purple Heart County after receiving its designation on Monday.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart proclaimed Tulsa County the first in Oklahoma to receive the designation.

Designated Purple Heart Counties are meant to serve as reminders and recognition of all veterans, including those who received a Purple Heart Medal.

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Purple Heart Medals are awarded to those who served in the armed forces and were wounded, killed in action, or died of wounds received in action.

It is the military's oldest honor -- dating back to 1782.

"Today is a great day in Tulsa County's history. One where we have proclaimed that we honor our Veterans and those who currently serve, their families, and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect our way of life," said County Commissioner Stan Sallee, who sponsored the Purple Heart County designation effort.

The State of Oklahoma is set to become a Purple Heart State on November 1.

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