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Purple Heart recipients honored by Board of Supervisors

Recipients of the Purple Heart pose with members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors after receiving certificates at the Aug. 1, 2018, supervisors meeting in Prescott, Arizona. (Sue Tone/Courier)

Recipients of the Purple Heart pose with members of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors after receiving certificates at the Aug. 1, 2018, supervisors meeting in Prescott, Arizona. (Sue Tone/Courier)

Recipients of the Purple Heart receive certificates and are honored at the Aug. 1, 2018, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting in Prescott, Arizona.

The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving with the military.

The board's recognition of Purple Heart recipients comes ahead of the 236th anniversary of the Purple Heart, Aug. 5, the oldest military decoration in the United States.

With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, which took the form of a heart made of purple cloth, the only earlier award is the obsolete Fidelity Medallion, according to the Military Order of the Purple Heart; its Prescott chapter is the #608. The chapter is named after Dr. John R. Tapia, Major USA (Ret.), a veteran of World War II and Korean War, and recipient of seven Purple Hearts.