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Purple heart relocated to Mighty Eighth Museum


The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is now the appropriate home where a special heart is.

"This was to be a place to make certain that the service, the sacrifice and the valor of those who served in the eighth force in world war two would never be forgotten," said Dr. Vivian Rogers-Price, research center director at Mighty Eighth Museum,

No item symbolizes those traits more than the piece of history that arrived today, a purple heart awarded to Lt. Glenn Morris, a bombardier-navigator lost in an Eighth Air Force mission over Berlin in 1944.

"He was killed in World War II and, unfortunately, his family is no longer with us,'' said Cpt. Zachariah Fike, founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, a non-profit organization. "They asked me to bring it to a home of honor, so that's why we're here today.''

Fike delivered the medal to preserve it and to share its meaning with the public.

"Bringing these purple hearts to places of honor really gives an opportunity for people in the community to come and appreciate who these men were and what they sacrificed for our country,'' he said. "It represents a soldier who shed his blood or gave his life for us, so that we can be a free nation.''

The purple heart will become an important part of the Mighty Eighth Museum, which already has an oral history of the mission in which Lt. Morris was killed.

"I have been looking forward to this day for approximately the past six months,'' said Rogers-Price. "I have plans for a special place for the medal.''

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