Snohomish School District has been declared a Purple Heart District.
The Purple Heart Trail program began in 1992 at Mt. Vernon, Virginia. The goal was to make the public aware of the Purple Heart Medal and what the medal represented. Roads, bridges, highways, and trails were designated as a part of the Purple Heart Trail. As the Purple Heart Trail grew so did the request from businesses, colleges, universities, cities, towns, sports teams, airports, buildings, and many others. Currently, 45 states as well as Guam have been designated. Twenty-one cities in Washington state are identified as Purple Heart entities, including Snohomish. The Snohomish School District is the first school district in Snohomish County to be designated a Purple Heart District.
The Purple Heart designation is an “Outward expression of an internal desire to recognize and Honor recipients of the Purple Heart.” The Purple Heart is presented to men and women of all military services that have been injured or killed in action against an enemy of the United States.
At its October 26 meeting, the Snohomish School District Board of Directors approved Resolution 11-22 making the district a Purple Heart District. Members of VFW Post 921 and Ward Roney Jr. VFW Post 7511 were in attendance for the declaration.