MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright announced Monday at Memorial Union that MU has been designated a Purple Heart University.
This honor is given by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in recognition of the university’s support of U.S. military men and women wounded or killed while serving in the line of duty.
Gold, black and purple: MU recognized for support of those wounded, killed in action
“Memorial Union was originally constructed to honor former students who died in World War I,” Cartwright said. “It has since become a tribute to all members of our Mizzou family who’ve given the greatest sacrifice in service of our country. This designation further reaffirms our commitment to the Mizzou community’s long tradition of military service.”
The Purple Heart Medal, originally called The Badge of Military Merit, was created by George Washington on Aug. 7, 1782, while he was a general. After years of not being used since the end of the Revolutionary War, the medal was reinstated on Feb. 22, 1932 — Washington’s 200th birthday, said Bryce Lockwood, a Vietnam veteran and representative of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
“It was heartwarming to us to have the appreciation of your community, the sacrifice of all Purple Heart recipients expressed in this meaningful way,” he said.
About 900 MU students are either veterans, active-duty personnel, National Guard members, reservists, ROTC cadets or family members receiving GI Bill benefits, according to an MU news release.
MU Veterans Center, which is located in Memorial Union, offers various services for students and employees with military affiliation, including resources for tutoring, financial and personal issues. Assistance for families and spouses during deployments is also available in the center, which has helped many veterans accomplish the transition from military to classroom.
MU expanded scholarships for ROTC students last fall. The full-ride scholarship covers all room and board costs for ROTC students who are scholarship winners from the Army, Air Force and Navy.
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