GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – Purple Heart recipients were honored Saturday in the Hampshire County town of Granby. 22News spoke with some of the recipients and found out what the ceremony means for them and their families.
Granby’s hometown heroes were celebrated in an emotional ceremony that honored 6 Purple Heart recipients from Granby. Saturday’s ceremony unveiled special street signs which are dedicated to all Granby resident who received a Purple Heart.
Lenny Desrochers, a Purple Heart Recipient, said “I think it’s great they are celebrating us in a small town like Granby after all these years.”
James Bouchard, another Purple Heart recipient, said “I’m just grateful the Purple Heart trail is going to come through Granby and maybe recognize it and maybe get a chance to take a picture of it.”
Purple Heart recipient David McLean told 22News he feels so fortunate to be honored by his community. “A lot of us never expected this back in 66 and 68 and now we’re here and we want to thank the new veterans that are coming back and they’re getting the reception we never did.”
4 of the Purple Heart recipients spoke about what it means to be awarded one of the most recognized medals in the armed forces. One message was clear: freedom is not free.
Brian Willette, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart said “Two of the people being honored today were killed in Vietnam they made the ultimate sacrifice…Kenneth Brown and Richard Ellison gave their lives in Vietnam.”
Christine Lindsay’s brother in law was one of the Purple Heart recipients being honored. She told 22News he as well as all Purple Heart recipients exemplify what it means to be a true American hero. “These guys deserve all of this and so much more…to say thank you to every veteran out there.”