Florida Purple Heart
Afghanistan/Iraq Memorial Mural 2010
North Florida Fair
November 4-14, 2010
Once again, Patriots of the Tallahassee, FL Chapter 758 of the Military Order of
the Purple Heart (MOPH) hosted
Florida Purple Heart Afghanistan/Iraq Memorial Mural at the 2010 North Florida
Fair. The Display
was present during the period November 4-14, 2010.
The mural honors over 250 Floridians who have fallen during the Afghanistan/Iraq
campaigns and is the
first memorial to bear both the engraved names and color portraits of those who
fell. The Portraits are
dramatic remembrance honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice during
Operation Iraqi freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom. Since the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, nearly
6,000 American service
members have died fighting the Global War on Terror, now the “Overseas
Contingency Operation.” Accompanying
the portraits are tributes to those American service members who served and died
during War World II,
Korean War and Vietnam, shown below.
We would like to thank North Florida Fairgrounds Manager Mark Harvey and his
Staff for donating a
booth in building 3 for our Afghanistan/Iraq Memorial Portrait Mural Display. We
appreciate the gifts
from the following sponsors: Brian Barnard of Flooring America and Nate Prosser of
Tallahassee Nurseries, Inc. We
would also like to thank our Patriots Arnold Gruning, C.T. Farris, Dennis Foggy,
Jim Holland, Jose
Alicea-Ortiz, and Washington Sanchez for giving their time to monitor the
Display. A special thanks
goes to Carmen Garcia for helping to set up the Display.
Korea War Patriot Arnold Gruning
relaxes at the Afghanistan/Iraq Memorial Display.
Patriot CT Farris laugh with a
disable veteran at the Mural Display.
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