“Dedicated to the recipients of the nation’s oldest military decoration ‘The Purple Heart’” will be inscribed across the 50-inch top piece of the monument, which will be at the northeast corner of the courthouse.
A 6-foot wide base will support a 45-inch tall monument inscribed with the Military Order of the Purple Heart emblem and the words, “My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind maybe peace will come in my lifetime.”
Steven Eaton of Modern Woodmen said Purple Heart recipients and veterans will be able to purchase a brick for $50 to be engraved and placed in the sidewalk area. The space directly in front of the monument will be reserved for Purple Heart recipients.
Eaton is working on the project with the Alcorn County Chapter 813 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The monument is expected to cost about $4,200. A fundraiser will be held to raise $2,500 which will be matched by Modern Woodmen.
In other business, the board received an update on health insurance costs with Blue Cross Blue Shield. As of Jan. 1, premiums will increase 8 percent rather than the projected 5 percent.
Benefits will not change except that office co-pays now count toward out-of-pocket limits, and the out-of-pocket maximum rises from $3,000 to $3,500.
Insurance broker Sammy Smith said the changes stem from the health care reform act. The county’s plan meets the mandates of the act, he said.