Veterans being honored in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Eight veterans of five wars are being honored by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Luttrell, an Army veteran, will honor the former soldiers Friday at a ceremony at the county administration building in downtown Memphis.

The soldiers are members of the Military Order of the Purple Hearts, an organization chartered in 1932 for those wounded in combat.

Soldiers being honored include one each from World War II and the Korean War, three from the Vietnam War, two from the war in Afghanistan and one from the war in Iraq.

Since 2011, members of the order have been honored in 163 cities in 10 states. Luttrell's recognition ceremony is the first to be conducted in Tennessee.

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