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Watch: City of Jacksonville, organizations recognize Purple Heart recipients Friday night

The Purple Heart is a military combat award presented to U.S. Armed Forces service members who are wounded in combat, and posthumously to next of kin.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The City of Jacksonville and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 524 recognized wounded heroes of the U.S. Armed Forces during a public event Friday night.

The event was held at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall at 6 p.m. and was free to attend. 

The Purple Heart is a military combat award presented to U.S. Armed Forces service members who are wounded in combat, and posthumously to next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

Following Friday night's program, event organizers say attendees walked the Purple Heart Trail, a quarter-mile walk from the Veterans Memorial Wall to the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena that was decorated by Navy Wives, Daughters in Dixie. 

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