Deltona and Pierson are the two latest West Volusia municipalities to join the ranks of the nation’s Purple Heart cities. Other Volusia County cities with the veteran-honoring designation include DeLand, Ormond Beach and others.
BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON UNITED — Veterans and officials stand together to recognize Purple Heart recipients. From left are George Taylor Jr., Bonnie Hanes, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 316 Cmdr. John Hanes, Deltona City Commissioners Loren King and Dana McCool, Orange City Council Member Alex Tiamson, Military Order of the Purple Heart Florida Cmdr. Rolf Mattar with his service dog, Reiko, Deltona Commissioner Victor Ramos, Sen. Tom Wright, Deltona Commissioner Maritza Avila-Vazquez, Center Events Manager Joe Hearn, Daytona Beach City Commissioner Stacy Cantu, Deltona Vice Mayor Anita Bradford, Deltona Commissioner David Sosa, and Daytona Beach Marine Corps League Commandant Sam McCloud.