A ceremony will be held welcoming the “Purple Heart Run” to downtown Scottsdale 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
The event travels from coast-to-coast and back, rallying communities to thank the country’s military veterans and support the mission that began in Mount Vernon on May 2 then traversing the nation to California, ending in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day, May 30.
Upon departing Palm Springs, Calif., on Tuesday, the truck will receive a motorcycle escort to Scottsdale by the Blue Knights of Arizona, following a brief stop at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction that afternoon.
Purple Heart recipients from the greater Phoenix and Scottsdale area are invited to view and sign the truck driven by combat wounded and paralyzed veterans, USMC Cpl. Tyler Huffman, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan; and Joe Tidwell, a combat wounded and disabled Vietnam War veteran, according to a Military Order of the Purple Heart release.
Sponsored jointly by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support, the theme of the 2016 “Purple Heart Run” is “Mobility is Freedom,” featuring a mobility-equipped, 2015 Ford F-150 super cab truck. The truck has been adapted to suit combat-wounded veterans who are paralyzed or lost their limbs.
At the conclusion of the nationwide event, the keys to the truck will be presented to a Purple Heart recipient chosen from a nationwide search of eligible and deserving nominees, according to a press release.
The mission of the WWFS and MOPH is to provide support to those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations, and offer programs benefiting families and caregivers.
Go to purpleheart.org and/or wwfs.org.
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