February 13, 2015 – Conyers officials proclaimed the city as a Purple Heart City in December 2014 and later this month, signs proclaiming it as such will be erected on city limit signs throughout the community thanks to a local donor.
Councilman Vince Evans, after attending the Purple Heart ceremony for Major Patty Justice at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial in December, learned of the Purple Heart City designation through Commander Doug Middleton of the Georgia Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. At the December 17, 2014 city council meeting, Conyers Mayor Randy Mills and councilmembers proclaimed Georgia as a Purple Heart City.
City staff collaborated with Tommy Clack, chairman of the Walk of Heroes Foundation, to order and install street signs denoting Conyers as a Purple Heart City. Funding for the signs was generously donated by veteran and local businessman Greg Grimes of Patriot Storage.
“We are grateful for the service and sacrifices made by all of our veterans and those recognized as Purple Heart recipients in our country and this community,” said Mayor Randy Mills. “These signs are just one way we can publicly thank them and show our support. We are very appreciative of Mr. Grimes’ donation of the signs.”
The Purple Heart City signs will be installed by Conyers Public Works and Transportation employees along the following roadways that denotes motorists are entering the city limits:
- Georgia Highway 20 at the Target shopping center
- Pine Log Road near C.J. Hicks Elementary School
- American Legion Road
- Georgia Highway 138 at Centennial Olympic Parkway
- Milstead Avenue
- Green Street
- Parker Road
- Irwin Bridge Road
- The north and south ends of Main Street
Pictured with one of the new Purple Heart City signs are, left to right: veteran and Walk of Heroes Foundation Board Member Pete Mecca, Conyers City Councilman Chris Bowen, veteran and Walk of Heroes Foundation Chairman Tommy Clack, veteran and Conyers Public Works employee Charles Drake and veteran Greg Grimes of Patriot Storage.