FREER - The City of Freer has been designated as “A Purple Heart City." The proclamation was read during the City Council's meeting on Oct. 15.

Gilbert P. Hernandez was in attendance and was part of the process.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration, according to purpleheart.org.

The organization known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932. They are for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans.

All veterans and their families are invited to the Freer Rotary Club Annual Veterans Dinner on Nov. 11 at the Freer Civic Center.