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Wanted: Purple Heart Recipients

The Purple Heart Honor Roll in the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza is set to be updated soon. The honor roll currently includes the names of 131 Kootenai County soldiers who were wounded in action from WWI through Iraq.

Anyone who knows of a local Purple Heart recipient is asked to contact Kerri Rankin Thoreson by October 1. A copy of their award certificate which includes name, branch of service and where they served can be mailed to the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza, PO Box 9000, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, ATTN: Purple Heart. If you would like to confirm whether someone is already listed, the Purple Heart Honor Roll hangs in the Hall of Heroes at the Kootenai County Administration Building or email Thoreson at

Kerri Thoreson

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