Milton is very proud of its partnership with the military.
The city serves as the home to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, which is the training ground for Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard helicopter and fix wing pilots.
Milton is also the home to many military retirees as well as the home of the Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial Plaza.
So being recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart as a “Purple Heart City in the Sate of Florida” was just another part of its military connection.
The Purple Heart itself is a very distinctive award as it was the first service award or decoration made available to the common soldier with a history that dates all the way back to 1782 and President George Washington.
This award, which was initially created as the badge of merit, is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.
The City of Milton will soon be erecting signs in the city noting this distinction.
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