REDMOND, OR -- Redmond’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post is helping out another local group of vets with a little extra recognition. George Endicott is Redmond’s Mayor, but he’s also the former Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart – chapter 551. "We don’t have a lot of money, because we’re a very small organization – there’s not many of us. So, the VFW has been gracious enough to loan us their facility to hold our meetings. They volunteered to buy some signs. The big VFW sign, and right below it ‘the Military Order of the Purple Heart meets here.’"
There are about 50 members of the local chapter, they are all Purple Heart recipients from across Central Oregon. Endicott was on hand when the new sign went up at the Redmond VFW Hall, Wednesday afternoon. He tells KBND News, "For us, it’s a big deal. Of course, remember the VFW is combat vets, so they have a great affinity for those who were wounded in combat. We have a very good synergism there."
The MOPH Chapter 551 meets at the VFW Hall on Veterans Way on the second Thursday of each month.