Norcross is lighting up downtown for Purple Heart recipients through Aug. 11. (Courtesy City of Norcross)

Norcross lights up downtown for Purple Heart recipients

Norcross is honoring recipients of the Purple Heart Medal by lighting up its downtown in purple this week, now through Aug. 11. Norcross has wrapped the trees on the center crosswalk of South Peachtree Street in purple lights, as well as installed purple uplighting on their Champion American Elm tree in Betty Mauldin Park.

Purple Heart Day, which is officially Aug. 7, honors and thanks military heroes who have sacrificed for our nation. The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the armed forces who has been wounded or lost under combat conditions. On Oct. 1, 2018, Mayor Craig Newton proclaimed Norcross as a Purple Heart City, a designation presided over by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

“To be a Purple Heart City is to raise awareness and to honor those who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal,” stated Mayor Newton on the occasion. “Norcross would like to recognize these men and women who selflessly served for our freedoms.”

Information on the city’s Purple Heart City designation: Sonya Isaac at 678-421-2027 or