This town does not forget its sons and daughters who are hurt in the military — or those who make the ultimate sacrifice.
Just as military personnel injured in the line of duty are awarded a Purple Heart, Andover will be honored with its own Purple Heart this month.
The town will be recognized as a Purple Heart Community by the Military Order of the Purple Heart on Thursday, Oct. 24.
The ceremony will take place at the Collins Center at 6 p.m.
The designation means Andover is recognized a town that honors its wounded veterans and veterans killed in action.
Town Veterans Services Director Mark Comeiro said the Purple Heart Organization will give Andover a certificate and purple flag, marking its status as a Purple Heart Community.
Comeiro said the ceremony is open to town residents as well as people outside of Andover. The free event will be followed by light refreshments.