LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Generations of Veterans gathered at War Memorial Stadium to hand over the keys of a specially customized truck to Sgt. Marshall Kennedy – an Arkansan who lost both legs while serving his fourth tour in Afghanistan.
The truck was given by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH).
“This event is important because War Memorial Stadium is the largest war monument for our veterans in the state of Arkansas,” said Department of Parks and Tourism Executive Director Kane Webb.
“It was dedicated as such 70 years ago it’s a tribute to them."
"Every time someone comes in this stadium they need to remember who it is named for.”
Webb was one of several dignitaries who spoke at the ceremony to give the keys to Sgt. Kennedy.
“This is bigger than just the vehicle, it’s bigger than me,” said Sgt. Kennedy.
“Bringing awareness to my generation of veterans is needed."
"We are either still in the military or at home, busy with family and work."
"Receiving this vehicle will make my family’s life easier and provide me with a greater sense of independence.”
This is the second annual Purple Heart Run that has made its way across the country to raise awareness about military veterans.
The Purple Heart Run began in Washington D.C. on July 1st and will end its trip in Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, at their national convention.
At each stop, MOPH has distributed special parking signs that mark spaces to be used exclusively for Purple Heart recipients.
Businesses can get a sign for a $50 donation, which is tax deductible.
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