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Smith Co. declared Purple Heart County

(Source: KLTV Staff) (Source: KLTV Staff)

Tuesday, Smith County was declared a Purple Heart County.

At Tuesday’s meeting, county commissioners adopted the resolution to recognize the courage of Purple Heart recipients of Smith County.

The City of Tyler is already a Purple Heart City, and Smith County Judge Joel Baker says he's proud to join as a Purple Heart community.

"This is a good recognition for those who have received a Purple Heart for combat service and being wounded, and so we want to honor those veterans who served our nation proudly and fought for all the freedoms we enjoy today," Baker said.

Judge Baker says there are 18,000 veterans in the county, and he hopes they feel the county is appropriately recognizing their service.

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