New Britain, CT – Mayor Erin E. Stewart and the City of New Britain Veteran’s Commission
Chairman John Buckley in partnership with Major Daniel Eddinger, the National Coordinator
for the Purple Heart Trail, recently announced that the City is putting out a call for Purple
Heart recipients from the City of New Britain to be recognized as part of a ceremony on August 7th, which will be held to designate the City of New Britain as a Purple Heart City. This designation is being made in tribute to the sacrifice made by residents past and present who have served our country.
The Purple Heart Trail is an organization dedicated to creating a symbolic and honorary
system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments that give tribute to the men and
women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.
Mayor Erin E. Stewart and the New Britain Veteran’s Commission are asking for New Britain
residents who received a Purple Heart or the family members of deceased Purple Heart
recipients to come forward so they can be recognized during the designation ceremony. If you or a family member is a Purple Heart recipient, please contact New Britain Veteran’s
Commission Administrator Sandy Keefe at Sandy.Keefe@newbritainct.gov or 860-826-3362
before June 1st with the following information:
1. Name of Purple Heart Recipient and a copy of their DD-214 form validating receipt of
the Purple Heart
2. A paragraph worth of information on their time in the service and how they were
awarded their Purple Heart, as well as a photo of the recipient.
The City will put together a booklet and have it on display at City Hall for the Purple Heart City designation ceremony on August 7th. Mayor Stewart will also present the Purple Heart
proclamation to the Veterans Commission and raise the Purple Heart Flag in Central Park.
The Beehive Bridge will be lit purple the night of August 7th in honor of this event as well.
Rachel Zaniewski, Public Affairs Specialist
Office of Mayor Erin E. Stewart