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Ray City gets Purple heart designation

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Gerald Chason was recognized as the city's honorary purple heart recipient Gerald Chason was recognized as the city's honorary purple heart recipient
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RAY CITY, GA -

Berrien County's Ray City officially became Georgia's eleventh purple heart city Friday.  A purple heart veteran who lives in Ray City was the honorary recipient of the town's symbolic purple heart.    

Although the color most associated with hearts is red, today it was all about purple hearts.  At a ceremony outside city hall in Ray City Friday afternoon, the city presented purple heart recipient and Ray City resident Gerald Chason with a plaque, recognizing him as the city's honorary purple heart recipient.  

"It's a great honor. I'm thankful that the city is recognizing our veterans now." 

Chason was severely wounded while fighting in Vietnam and earned two purple hearts.   "It was rough. I got hit with a hand grenade; a booby trap. I was medi-vacked back to the states with 35 holes in me. I stayed in Jacksonville Naval Hospital down there for four months."  

Mayor Wayne Gulley read the proclamation: "Whereas one citizen of our community has earned a purple heart as a result of being wounded while engaged in combat with an enemy force, construes a singular, meritorious act of essential service and we honor Gerald Chason."  

Ray City will now have a Purple Heart sign hanging below each of the green road signs that bear the city's name as you drive into town.  

The signs let people know that Ray City has been recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart as a city that honors its Purple Heart veterans.

 

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