PHOTO GALLERY: Aurora’s Mission Viejo becomes first Purple Heart School in Colorado


AURORA | With a shiny new plaque proclaiming it’s status as a Purple Heart School being displayed outside the school, visitors to Mission Viejo Elementary School will be able to spot the building off of South Alicia Parkway a bit better after Wednesday night.

The school was designated a Purple Heart School by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for having “great admiration, gratitude and respect for the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States of America,” according to a proclamation from the organization’s Local Chapter MOPH375.


The MOPH is a nonprofit organization composed of military members who received the Purple Heart Medal for being wounded in combat. There are four local MOPH chapters in Colorado: Aurora, Arvada, Longmont and Fountain.

Mission Viejo, located in Cherry Creek School District, is the first Colorado school to be given the Purple Heart School designation.

“Being honored as a Purple Heart school will serve as a daily reminder that freedom is not free,” Mission Viejo Principal Andre Pearson said in a press release. “We will honor and acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of our veterans and Purple Heart recipients.”