ATLANTA -- Look for a purple hue in the Atlanta City skyline Monday.
At 9:00 pm, the Atlanta City Hall tower will light up in honor of brave men and women who were wounded or died on the battlefield. The City has joined other communities around the world in celebrating Purple Heart Day since 2015.
“I am very grateful for the service of these brave men and women, and believe it is important to recognize their past service as well as to repay the favor by serving our veterans and soldiers in an honorable way,” Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell said in an announcement about the purple illumination.
The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces that has been wounded or died because of a wound in battle. It also includes those who died while being held as prisoners of war.
"Being the son of a veteran, I am personally very moved and appreciative of the City of Atlanta for trying to make sure we do everything we can to recognize the courage and sacrifice of those wounded in efforts to protect our freedom,” said City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. whose father served in the U.S. Military.
All veterans in Atlanta are encouraged to gather on the steps of City Hall at 9:00 pm for a group photo commemorating Purple Heart Day.