In honor of Purple Heart Day, commemorated on August 7 each year, Shelia Albright and Dolores Payne, of the Michael Hillegas DAR, and Ludene Taylor, along with 7 year old Nevah Jolley created a display at the Norris Museum to pay tribute to James Dean Roy, 20 years old, who was killed in action May 8, 1968.
States, counties, and cities pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of their local sons and daughters, as do sports and entertainment entities. The holiday was first observed in 2014, and is considered an unofficial observance, meaning that businesses, government offices, etc. do not close on this day.
In the background in the above photo is a display of many of the former veterans who graduated from the Norris City High School as well as other local veterans. There are over 250 pictures on the Veteran’s Wall in the Norris City Military Room.
Read more about the National Purple Heart Day at the link below.