Mayor Proclaims Purple Heart Day

There are more than 300 Purple Heart recipients in Smith County. On Wednesday, those veterans were honored.

The patriots gathered at City Hall while Mayor Joey Seeber gave an official proclamation. For those honored, the day carried a very special significance. L.B. Wilmeth is the head of the Tyler Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. "It has a big meaning to me to see that people in a position to honor the people that's defending them."

It was on August 7th, 220 years ago that George Washington created the Purple Heart Award.