Purple Heart Day August 7, 2020

I saw this when I was doing a search for something else – Purple Heart Day: https://nationaldaycalendar.com/purple-heart-day-august-7/. Here’s a link to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor: https://www.thepurpleheart.com.

https://www.thepurpleheart.com/visit-us/

Location

Hours

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Please call for Holiday Hours

Visitors with Special Needs

  • Motorized wheelchairs permitted
  • Handicap accessible restrooms
  • Elevator

From the National Day Calendar link:

PURPLE HEART DAY

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General George Washington created the Badge of Merit in 1782. Washington intended the honor to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” Its design included a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk bound with a thin edge of silver. Across the face, the word Merit was embroidered in silver. While the badge symbolized the courage and devotion of an American Patriot, no one knows who designed the award.

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While an accurate and complete list of names no longer exists, National Geographic recently estimated that nearly 1.9 million service members have earned Purple Hearts since its creation. It is the oldest U.S. military honor still bestowed upon service members today. Until 1944, the Purple Heart recognized service members’ commendable actions as well. Then in 1944, the requirements limited the award to only those wounded or killed in combat.

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HOW TO OBSERVE #PurpleHeartDay

Honor everyone who has received a Purple Heart. Learn more about the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  

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PURPLE HEART DAY HISTORY

Since 1932, Americans have celebrated Purple Heart Day on both Washington’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. Some states and cities observed the day in their own way at different times throughout the year. Each declaration encouraged citizens to support wounded veterans with the purchase of a purple viola.

No matter when the observance occurred, it recognized the men and women killed and wounded in combat and their heroic actions. As the day evolved, it more commonly was observed on the day of the Purple Heart’s creation, August 7, 1782.

 

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1 Response to Purple Heart Day August 7, 2020

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Didn’t even know there was such a thing as Purple Heart Day

    Liked by 1 person

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