By Nick Nunn staff writer

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) issued a proclamation on Tuesday, March 4, designating Morgan County as a “Purple Heart County,” making Morgan the first county in the state of Georgia. BOC Chair Andrew Ainslie described the “excitement in the air” in the commissioners’ board room before the meeting, and said that he was “honored” to have 11 Purple Heart recipients in attendance for the issuance of their proclamation.

“I appreciate what you did, each one of y’all,” said Commissioner Phillip Clack. Doug Middleton, Georgia State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), received the proclamation, which Ainslie read aloud to those in attendance.

Scott Sellers, member of MOPH Chapter 531, thanked the commissioners for their unwavering support of veterans.

“Morgan County, by far, is the most supportive of the military and veterans that you can imagine,” said Sellers. He also thanked Morgan County for funding an office for veteran’s information referral, which keeps local veterans from having to drive to Atlanta to register for their veteran’s benefits.

Sellers stated that the office has helped more than 250 veterans get into veterans assistance programs since the office was created five years ago. He also introduced the 11 Purple Heart recipients in attendance: Doug Middleton, Jim Goff, John Cranmer, Scott Sellers, Larry Peppers, Farris Johnson, Brian West, W.C. Moncus, Mike Boyd, John McGilvery, and Jim NeSmith.

Commissioner Donald Harris was also recognized as a Purple Heart recipient during the meeting. Commissioner Ron Milton again thanked the recipients for the sacrifices that they have made on behalf of the country. “Thanks for everything you have done for the country,” said Milton.