BIXBY, Oklahoma - A Green Country town is honoring American heroes wounded in combat.

Bixby is now the third community in eastern Oklahoma to become a Purple Heart City.

The city held a ceremony this afternoon at Charley Young Park to honor those who have received a Purple Heart.

Leaders said they hope this will encourage people to show appreciation to all those who have served in the Armed Forces.

"When 3% of a country's people have fought for the freedom of the rest of the country, that means a lot," said Vietnam Veteran Mitch Reed. 

Bixby's city council will officially proclaim the town a Purple Heart City on Monday.