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Local Soldier to Receive Purple Heart

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Army Specialist Earl Eisensmith, a resident of Orchard Park, NY, will receive the Purple Heart Medal of Honor for injuries he suffered when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan. 

Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Legislator John Mills and Aurora Town Councilman Jeffrey Harris will present the decoration in a special ceremony at the Purple Heart monument in Buffalo. 

The Western New York Purple Heart Monument is located at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park (near the corner of Marine Drive and Erie Street) by the submarine. The ceremony will be conducted Monday, August 16 at 10 a.m.