THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - On Monday, folks across the nation are honoring those who have a medal they may not have ever planned to earn-- but are happy to have.
Today, August 7th is National Purple Heart Day.
Thomasville Mayor Pro Tem Don Sims earned his in May of 1971, after he was wounded in Vietnam.
He said the medal came as a surprise to him.
"It means something to be recognized for your service to your country. I don't think people with a purple heart think they are special people, but they certainly appreciate the recognition that the community gives to its military," said Sims.
Sims said he always searches for purple heart veterans, and thanks them as for their service.
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