‘Purple Heart Town’ label for NY city, draws anger from anti-activists

Some residents of Hastings-on-Hudson are objections may be designated a “Purple Heart Village.”

Although the village in Westchester County, New York, has fewer than 8,000 inhabitants, has a large VFW hall, several monuments service-members, and even a downtown street was renamed Veterans Way, according to CBS-2. Anti-activists, however, claim that the language in the proposed signs are actually glorified what they call unjust wars, as a reference to the soldiers “to the defense of the United States of America”, and “for the welfare and protection of all Americans.”

“The problem is essentially, how can we support the warrior and not support the war?” said Frank Brodhead Concerned Families of Westchester.

“When you think of the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, or Syria, none of these wars have nothing to do with protecting us,” Brodhead said.

Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Peter Swiderski is now attempting to re-create the language. But the review and approval do not happen in time for Memorial Day festivities this weekend.

“We have granted a delay, so that everyone could weigh in more fully,”
Swiderski said.

The postponement angered veterans, who noted that they – and not the taxpayers paid for the signs. “It is very frustrating, because we had the signs ready to go,” said Hastings VFW Post Commander Richard Pecci.

Pecci, a Vietnam veteran, is the commander of the local American Legion post that suggested the Purple Heart designation that 19 other communities in Westchester – and the province itself – already.

“This is not about war. This is about the veterans that served this country,” Pecci said. “They fought, they sacrificed their lives for freedom.”

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