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Waterville becomes first Purple Heart City in northwest Ohio

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WATERVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Many soldiers receive the Purple Heart award after being wounded in service, but it's not often you hear of a city receiving the award.

The City of Waterville is now a Purple Heart City, and it's the first one in northwest Ohio.

The Purple Heart was introduced in 1782 when General George Washington wanted to honor brave men who served in the armed forces. Since World War I, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded to wounded veterans.

Waterville Mayor Lori Brodie says when Daniel and Barbara Cannode, from the Military Order of the Purple Heart – Toledo Chapter, approached her with the idea of becoming a Purple Heart City, she couldn't turn it down.

"[The Cannodes] happen to be from Waterville, and I think they felt it was important to start here," Brodie said. "They want to expand to several cities…it was an honor that they came out to recognize our city."

So far, there are six cities and one county in Ohio that have received the honor. The local Purple Heart chapter is looking to expand so they can increase awareness of combat-wounded men and women.

"It's important every day to remember that we're free because people have gone to fight for us," Brodie said.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart – Toledo Chapter presented the city with a purple flag to honor all that have received the award. It will be raised every August 7 to honor Purple Heart Day.

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