JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 university received a prestigious award during a Homecoming open house event Oct. 20.
Chancellor Doug Whitlock proclaimed Arkansas State University a "Purple Heart University," during which eight of the university's inductees into the U.S. Army Cadet Hall of Fame were recognized.
The proclamation is believed to be the first by an Arkansas university.
"Arkansas State University appreciates the sacrifices of all Purple Heart recipients, celebrates their courage, and acknowledges that our freedoms are secured thanks to their service to our country," Whitlock read from the proclamation. "Arkansas State University pledges its support to the Military Order of the Purple Heart and for those who put their lives at risk in service of our Nation and their fellow citizens."
Whitlock added the university plans to make special commendations to Purple Heart Veterans as a part of Heroes Day on Nov. 12.
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