County Commissioners recognized the courage of area veterans by accepting the designation as a Purple Heart County at Tuesday’s court session.

Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Jon Lunkwicz, presented the agenda item before the court for its consideration. He shared there are more than 46,000 people across the country who have been bestowed with a Purple Heart.

“What does it mean when a county is recognized as a Purple Heart county? When the county of Ellis is recognized, we are remembering and honoring all Purple Heart recipients living or dead,” Lunkwicz stated. “We are also honoring all veterans living in the county that have served in the county.”

Lunkwicz stated the designation also honors President George Washington, who first established the Purple Heart in 1792 as the military badge of merit.

Ellis County Judge Carol Bush stated it the county is honored to recognize the service of military members past and present.

Bush then presented a proclamation that designated April 24 to remember and recognize veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart medal.

In other business commissioners:

Approved a final plat of Forrest Farms Phase Two located at the northwest corner of Holder Road and Bob Run Road. Continued a request for a replat of three lots in the Dawn Estates subdivision located east from the corner of Broadhead Road and Jacobs Bridge Lane in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of Waxahachie. Approved a replat of one lot in the Oak Branch Ranch Estates located on the Southside of North Oak Branch Road located east of Oak Brach Court in the ETJ of the City of Waxahachie. Approved to grant a one-time variance form the rules and regulations to allow the construction of a third single-family residence along Nancy Road in the ETJ of the City of Midlothian. Approved a request to grant a one-time variance from the adopted rules and regulations to allow the construction of a third single-family residence on 10.001 acres located on Slippery Elm Drive in the ETJ in the city of Ovilla Took no action to enact a burn ban. Approved for GRS Consulting to provide actuarial valuation and the consulting services for the new OPEB accounting standards GASB statements Heard a report on compensatory time. Approved the 2019 Indigent Defense Discretionary Grant Program resolution. Approved a temporary person for 20 hours a week for custodial services. Approved to allow County and District Attorney Patrick Wilson to settle a claim on behalf of the county involving Kirk Ingram for damages totaling $5,000 resulting from the death of his dog.