Originally known as the Badge for Military Merit, the purple heart decoration was created by President George Washington on Aug. 7, 1782 to be bestowed on military men for their meritorious actions.
At Monday night's council meeting, Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Daniel Cannode, commander Region II Military Order of the Purple Heart, requested the city join others in recognizing those who died or were wounded in combat on Purple Heart Day.
The city will join Waterville and Perrysburg in holding a Purple Heart event.
Mayor Craig Stough presented Mr. Cannode with a formal resolution proclaiming Sylvania as a Purple Heart city.
“It is fitting and appropriate that Sylvania be known as Purple Heart City; as a tribute to the service and sacrifices of our veterans, and especially the valor of the extraordinary men and women who have earned the Purple Heart,” he said.
The city will fly a Purple Heart flag on military holidays, including Aug. 7. The symbolic Purple Heart medal will also be placed in government sites.