The Dedication of the Purple Heart Memorial ceremony was held at the Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park in Chariton this past Wednesday evening, Aug. 7, on National Purple Heart Remembrance Day.

The Purple Heart Memorial was unveiled at the ceremony. U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient Paul L. Pickart was the guest speaker at the event.

Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park Committee Chairman Earl Comstock gave the opening welcome, which was followed by Tony Irving of Chariton singing “God Bless America.”

Memorial Park Committee member Roger Blunk led everyone in the saying of The Pledge of Allegiance. Retired Presbyterian Pastor Dale O’Connell of Lucas gave the Invocation in which he thanked the Lord for all those who serve in the military and paramilitary and said we are very blessed for their service.

O’Connell was asked to give the Invocation and Benediction because he had served as a Chaplain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Comstock then told about the stone being used for the Purple Heart Memorial. Johnson Machine Works in Chariton donated the metal form, which formed the heart-shape for the stone base.

Bill Offenburger and his family donated the stone, which is engraved with the likeness of the Purple Heart Medal. Steve Scott of Chariton painted the engraving with the colors of the Purple Heart and volunteer veterans prepared the site and did the concrete work and set the stone. Ellis Greenhouse of Lucas donated the flowers.

Read the August 15, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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