Dedication to the Recipients of this Nations Oldest Military Decoration The Purple Heart: Accepting Donations


As you know, County Executive MaryEllen Odell and the Putnam County Legislature, chaired by Richie Othmer, joined with the state and national offices of Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), and with our local veterans to proclaim Putnam New York State’s First Purple Heart County.  In keeping with that theme, local veterans and patriots would like to install a monument to Purple Heart recipients in our Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park on Gipsy Trail Road in Kent.  The stone was designed on behalf of MOPH and stones like it exist on military bases and in parks and other prominent locations around the country and around the world.  

The illustration above is a mock-up of the monument as we plan to configure it.

The Putnam County Joint Veterans Council is responsible for coordinating the project and as a JVC member and Judge Advocate for the Putnam/Westchester Chapter of MOPH, I was authorized to be the Project Coordinator and the clearing-house for the funds.

We will NOT accept municipal funds to pay for this project.  We will only accept money freely donated by citizens and organizations by mail or through fundraisers specifically conducted for the purpose.   

Attached is a form that should be printed, prepared and signed, and then forwarded to me along with a CHECK made out to “Joint Veterans Council.”  Please not make the payment to any individual and do not send cash.   

Denis Castelli