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Cortland County’s First Purple Heart Sign Unveiled


Purple Heart recipient, John T. Vandenburg, Courtesy of Cortland County

Yesterday, (August 8th) Cortland County officials and Purple Heart recipient, John T. Vandenburg joined together at the county line on McLean Road to unveil the new sign.

Vandenberg was joined by Veterans Services Director, Tom Tedesc, County Administrator Robert Corpora, Superintendent of Highways, Charlie Sudbrink and Clerk of the Legislature, Savannah Hempstead.

This sign is the first of 50 Purple Heart signs that will be placed at the County lines on major roadways coming into Cortland County.

The Cortland County Legislature established Cortland County as a Purple Heart County in March of 2021 to honor the Purple Heart recipients throughout the County.

“The veterans who have earned this distinct award are more than deserving of this representation. All Purple Heart recipients are combat veterans who were wounded in the line of duty”, said Veterans Services Director Tedesco, “It is an honor to know them.”

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