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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's still on the drawing board but Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell says it's time to build a retirement home for war veterans in the area.

The county mayor spoke of his proposal during a special ceremony Friday in his office dedicated to past local recipients of the Purple Heart Of Valor, spanning from World War II to the current War on Terror.

While the men were honored for their service they seemed more concerned about sharing the glory with others.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is an organization chartered for those wounded in combat. Shelby County honored the organization and eight veterans from the county wounded in action.

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They stood ready to make the ultimate sacrifice to ward off the tyranny of Nazi domination, to give their all in an ill-fated mission to bring freedom to Southeast Asia.

What their eyes saw and what their hearts felt can't be replicated.

Veterans from different wars and periods of service felt the full range of emotions as members of the Order of the Purple Heart were honored for the first time in Tennessee.

Honored Friday were Norman Lachapelle, who served during Word War II; Paul Cagle, who served during the Korea War; Robert Baker, Ken Duncan, and Rev. Roy Dozier, who all served during the Vietnam War; Robert Hunt, who served during the War on Terror in Iraq; and Wilson Foy and Jake Romo, who both served during the War on Terror in Afghanistan.

"We're just honored that we could do that first and that we could set the standard for the rest of the state and really never forgetting the sacrifices that's made by so many people in defense of our country's liberties," Mayor Luttrell said.

The eight veterans say they're honored to have served their country and want to help those veterans who still are in dire need of assistance and support from the country whose banner they proudly served under.
 
"We are just grateful that we are recognized and we continue to work to benefit our veterans," Rev. Dozier said. "That's what we're here for."

Present too were the Gold Star Mothers, women who lost their sons in combat.

The saying goes that "All give some and some give all." One of the veterans present said these mothers are "the some that gave all."


These sacrifices are the reason why Mayor Luttrell wants to do more and provide better services to local veterans in the Mid-South.
 
"We're working on a veterans home project here in Shelby County to get a veterans home established for those that need that type of assistance," he said. "It's in the process now. There's a committee working to get the appropriate funding.  There's some state funding available but there has to be some matching funding at the local level."

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