What's Buggin' You: Purple Heart memorial mistake update

10:48 AM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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What's Buggin' You with Kate Larsen

SACRAMENTO - Chapter 385 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart made has made the decision to leave the grammatical error on their Purple Heart Memorial unchanged.

In May, News10 brought you the story of a missing apostrophe on the Purple Heart Memorial in Capitol Park. At the bottom of the stone on the front side, there is an inscription that reads:

DEDICATED TO THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS
NATIONS OLDEST MILITARY DECORATION
"THE PURPLE HEART"

The word "nations" is possessive, so there should be an apostrophe between the "n" and the "s."

After the original story aired, News10's Kate Larsen followed-up with members of Chapter 385 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the group that raised the money for the memorial and dedicated the stone two years ago. Chapter 385 admits the missing aspostrophe is a mistake that they copied from San Diego's Purple Heart Memorial. Despite the mistake and the fact that the Sacramento company that made the stone offered to fix the stone and add the apostrophe for free, Chapter 385 voted to leave it be and not correct the error. Out of 250 chapter members, 14 were present for the vote.

News10's Kate Larsen checked other Purple Heart Memorials all over the U.S., all of which include the apostrophe in the word "nation's."

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