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Purple sage planted again at Purple Heart Memorial

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RICHLAND, WA.-- In May of 2016, someone vandalized the Purple Heart Veteran's Memorial at Wye Park, ripping all the purple sage from it and leaving the plants to die.
     Not long afterward, beaver bark donated some new sage to the heart. But Ernie Crediford, who planted all of the sage himself, was hoping that someday, he could finish the memorial one again with native sage, making it all the more special. 
     As it turns out, that day was Saturday.  

"We have worked together with the confederated tribes of the Umatilla," Ernie told KNDU, "They've donated some plants to us, and thanks to some local plant resources we've got the difference to be able to fill this heart up with native purple sage again." 

The native sage won't be the only thing added to the memorial. Ernie says that right around Memorial Day, the Purple Heart will be getting a sign explaining its importance, something he's hoped for from the beginning.