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Feb 25, 2024

Mulberry: A Proud Purple Heart City


In a momentous ceremony held at Mulberry’s City Complex, Mayor Gary D. Baxter proudly proclaimed Mulberry as a Purple Heart City, honoring the sacrifices of those who have served and shed blood in defense of our nation. The event was attended by distinguished guests including Purple Heart recipient and Mulberry resident Lester Gregory, accompanied by his wife Betty, and esteemed members of The Military Order of the Purple Heart: Jake Parette, Jimmy Christie, Wayne Irelan, and Steve Criswell. However, the highlight of the gathering was the presence of Mulberry’s own, National Commander of the Purple Heart, Carder Ferguson.

The air was filled with a sense of reverence and gratitude as Mayor Baxter addressed the room. “It is with great honor and humility that I declare Mulberry as a Purple Heart City,” he declared. “This proclamation serves as a symbol of our unwavering commitment to honoring those who have made tremendous sacrifices for our freedom.”

Lester Gregory, a humble hero and Purple Heart recipient from Mulberry, stood alongside his devoted wife Betty, embodying the courage and resilience of all veterans. His presence served as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by countless individuals in service to their country, including the unwavering support and sacrifices made by military spouses like Betty, who stand as pillars of strength behind every soldier’s uniform.

As the ceremony continued, the members of The Military Order of the Purple Heart stood tall, their badges gleaming proudly. Each one represented a story of bravery, sacrifice, and honor. Jake Parette, Jimmy Christie, Wayne Irelan, and Steve Criswell, all heroes in their own right, shared a bond forged in the crucible of battle.

However, it was Carder Ferguson, the National Commander of the Purple Heart, who stirred the deepest emotions among the attendees. A native son of Mulberry, his journey from the quiet streets of this town to the highest echelons of military leadership was a testament to the resilience and strength instilled by his upbringing. His presence served as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all who aspire to serve their country.

Mulberry had long been known for its tight-knit community and unwavering support for its veterans. Now, as a Purple Heart City, it stood as a shining example of honor, courage, and patriotism for the entire nation to behold. And at the heart of it all, stood the remarkable individuals whose sacrifices would never be forgotten.

As Mayor Baxter concluded his remarks, he added, “Mulberry may be a small community, but we have a big heart—a heart that beats with gratitude and respect for our Purple Heart veterans, whose sacrifices have shaped our nation’s history and secured our freedoms for generations to come.”

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