Franklin said Sen. Randy Head will be the keynote speaker and he will be speaking about the history of the purple heart.
Powell, who just turned 87, said he spent a lot of time on the front lines and has the scars to prove it.
“I think it’s great they are honoring them,” Powell said of the event. He said he is asked about receiving a purple heart when people see it on his license plate.
Franklin said those who have received a purple heart will have free admission and the opportunity to have their name read and be recognized.
“These are American men and women,” Franklin said. “They deserve our respect, whether you agree with war or not, and they need our support.”
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to go?
Who: Cass County Roosters
What: Fifth annual “Salute to the Armed Forces”
Where: Angie’s Cakes and Catering, 1007 17th St.
When: Doors open at 5 p.m., program begins at 7 p.m. Saturday
Why: To honor service members from Cass County who received a purple heart during their service
Tickets are $15 and are available at Beacon Credit Union, Security Federal Savings Bank, The Mid America Radio Group Offices or a member of the Cass County Roosters.