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Erie County clerk honors 15 Purple Heart recipients

Purple Heart Day was first observed in the United States in 2014, but because it's not an official holiday, government offices remain open.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sunday is Purple Heart Day, and on Friday, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns honored 15 veterans who have received the award.

Those veterans at Friday's ceremony were added to the William J. Donovan 2022 Purple Heart Book of Merit. That book is available to see inside the county clerk's office, highlighting local recipients of the purple heart.

"And it serves as a solemn reminder of the service and sacrifice of the estimated 1.8 million service men and women who fought and lost their lives or received a life-altering injury," Kearns said Friday.

Purple Heart Day was first observed in the United States in 2014, but because it's not an official holiday, government offices remain open.

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