Martinsburg, W.Va., Chapter 646 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presented a certificate of appreciation on Jan. 13 to Saint Joseph School in Martinsburg for supporting veterans. The chapter uses donations made to the organization for health and comfort items in the Community Living Center and the mental-health ward at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. Pictured from left are Tommy Riley, commander of Chapter 646; Heather Nowell, music and band director at Saint Joseph School; Lisa Galvin, choir director at the school; and John Birl, vice commander of Chapter 646.
The school hosted a Veterans Day service Nov. 10, during which donations were collected for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The mission of the organization is to foster goodwill and camaraderie among combat-wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and provide service to veterans and their families.