Indian River Woodcarvers Club Purple Heart Cane Ceremony

Thank you to all who participated in the Purple Heart Cane Ceremony this past weekend. The Navy SEAL Museum was honored to host the Indian River Woodcarvers Club Purple Heart Cane Ceremony once again on January 18th.

The Purple Heart Cane Ceremony honors Purple Heart recipients from every branch of military service. The Purple Heart Cane Project is the Indian River Woodcarvers Club’s community outreach in which they donate hand-carved, custom wooden canes to the recipients. Each intricately carved cane displays the history of the individual veteran’s service to his country, including details about service branch, awards earned, and dates of enlistment and discharge. Each cane bears the head of an eagle, no stunning detail spared.

More than 45 veterans were honored with canes this year. This year was the eighth consecutive year that canes were distributed to Purple Heart veterans; more than 350 in total have been donated since the project’s inception.

“This project is something that has just grown and grown,” said Lloyd Lasenby, who heads the project every year. “The reaction from the recipients is something that is very emotional. They are all very grateful.”

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For more information about the Purple Heart Cane Project, please email Lloyd Lasenby