Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 1345, Lecanto, FL 34460-1345
Tel: 352-637-3265 or 352-382-3847 Email: email@example.com
To preserve the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal.
Chapter meetings are at 1:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of January, March, May July, September and November.
History of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776
In April 2004, a group of 17 combat wounded veterans comprised of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans gathered to organize a chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) in Citrus County, Florida.
At the April organizational meeting, the combat wounded veterans in attendance voted unanimously to form a MOPH chapter for the purpose of "Preserving the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal" and to name the chapter in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Aaron A. Weaver.
Aaron was killed in Iraq on January 8, 2004, when the UH-60 helicopter in which he was a passenger was brought down by hostile ground fire with no survivors.
An election of officers was also held with Curt Ebitz, a Vietnam veteran, elected as the chapter's first commander.
On August 11, 2004, the chapter was officially chartered under the hand and seal of the National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart of the United States of America, Inc. as Aaron A. Weaver Chapter # 776 with 21 charter members.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.
Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776
Military Order of the Purple Heart
P.O. Box 1345
Lecanto, FL 34460-1345
Commander Richard “Bud” Allen
Adjutant Curt Ebitz
NEXT BI-MONTHLY MEETING
Mar. 21, 2017 - 1 p.m.
Citrus County Builders Assn.
1196 S. Lecanto Hwy., Lecanto
2017 Purple Heart Ceremony
The combat wounded Patriots of Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) cordially invite all veterans and the public, especially families, to attend the Twelfth Annual Purple Heart Ceremony 11 a.m., Saturday, February 18 at the Citrus County Fairgrounds Auditorium, 3610 S. Florida Ave., Inverness.
The patriotic ceremony commemorates the proud legacy of the Purple Heart and pays tribute to Florida’s fallen heroes of the Global War on Terror and America’s wounded warriors. The ceremony will feature inspirational speaker Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Linda J. Pugsley, who served two tours as an Air Force Evac Flight Nurse in Vietnam, and patriotic music by vocalists Paul and Jackie Stevio.
The MOPH Department of Florida Afghanistan/Iraq War Memorial Portrait Mural, which honors those Floridians who fell during the Afghanistan/Iraq campaigns, will be on display. The mural is the first memorial to bear both the engraved names and color portraits of those who fell.