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Lafayette veteran recognized on National Purple Heart Day

Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 14:27:32-04

A couple in Lafayette is receiving recognition on behalf of their son Lance Corporal Lex D. Trahan on National Purple Day.

Trahan was killed in the Beirut barracks bombings on October 23, 1983.

Louisiana Department Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Ronald Crowley visited parents Percy “Blackie” and Shirley Trahan in Lafayette today.

August 7, recognized as National Purple Heart Day, commemorates the day in 1782 when General George Washington created the Purple Heart Medal.  This military decoration is awarded to American servicemen wounded or killed in combat while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Louisiana enacted the following legislation in 2014, declaring August 7 Purple Heart Day: “The seventh day of August shall be recognized as “Purple Heart Recognition Day” and shall be dedicated to the remembrance and recognition of those members of the armed forces of the United States who have earned the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat.”