Jan-Feb 2021

Patriots & Associates, 


In consideration of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to refrain from having large public gatherings indoors and the pandemic’s record surge across Citrus and Hernando counties, as well as across Florida, our Chapter’s annual Purple Heart Ceremony that’s conducted every February is cancelled this year.  This is only the second time that the popular ceremony has had to be cancelled since the annual February ceremony was initiated in 2006.  In 2008, a deluge that started a few hours before the ceremony necessitated cancelation since it was outdoors at the Fallen Heroes Monument in Citrus County’s Bicentennial Park, which prompted moving the event indoors.


Regretfully, two of our local Chapter members have contracted the COVID-19 virus with one hospitalized and the other battling it at home in isolation with his wife.  Also, at least four persons that our members have associated with have died from the COVID virus.


Because of the record surge, which health experts project won’t peak until possibly early spring, and the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, now is the time to especially adhere to the CDC guidelines of mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing and limiting exposure.  I am confident that none of us wants to be among the pandemic’s last casualties.


During this time of limited social contact, we need to stay strong and support each other by reaching out to fellow members to let them know that they are not alone.  Until such time that we can resume our normal gatherings, communication is important.  


Speaking of communication, our Chapter, for the first time, will use the Zoom virtual meeting platform for the January 19 bimonthly meeting.  In addition to an earlier email sent by the Chapter Adjutant providing instructions as to how to join a Zoom virtual meeting, he will resend the instructions along with the meeting ID and password the day before the July 19 bimonthly meeting. 


I look forward to seeing you virtually at the Chapter’s July 19 Zoom bimonthly meeting and, hopefully, in person soon.  Until then, stay healthy and stay in touch with each other.


Yours in Patriotism,

Richard Hunt

Commander






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:   info@citruspurpleheart.org