OCU Celebrates Becoming a Purple Heart University

On Tuesday evening, September 11, Ohio Christian University (OCU) celebrated becoming a Purple Heart University in conjunction with a community event, "Lest We Forget," a service remembering the events of 9/11/2001. An honor guard posted colors, Dr. Jon Kulaga shared a proclamation with those in attendance, and the honor guard concluded their portion of the program with taps.

Other highlights of the evening were performances by Dr. Dione Bennett, the University Chamber Singers, the Circleville Men's Barbershop Chorus, and the Pumpkin Show Band of Circleville, Ohio. Pastor Carter Conlon, Pastor of Times Square Church of New York City, gave a challenging message imploring those in attendance to become one body in Christ and be counted for His work and to fight the battle of faith.

OCU has been a Military Friendly School, and the University community is further pleased to expand its offerings and tuition discounts to those who have put themselves in harms way in defense of the nation. It joins 91 other institutions of higher education across the nation in becoming a Purple Heart University.

The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration, created as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782. The Purple Heart was the first American service award and decoration available to American soldiers and is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded in action and combat with a declared enemy of the United States of America.

The University appreciates the sacrifices Purple Heart recipients made in defending our freedoms and believe it is important to acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and support they have earned.


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