National Purple Heart Day
The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded to armed forces personnel who have been wounded or killed by enemy forces. It is awarded by and in the name of the President of the United States.
National Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year.
What began as the Badge of Military Merit, originating with George Washington in 1782, has evolved into the Purple Heart award that we know of today. To date, the United States has awarded more than 1.9 million Purple Heart Awards to members of our armed forces.
George Washington's Legacy
Washington's influence on the modern Purple Heart Award was brief-but-lasting. The first Commander in Chief personally awarded three Badges of Military Merit during and in the aftermath of the American Revolutionary War. His military subordinates were also permitted to dole out the awards where they saw fit.
After the Revolutionary War, the Badge of Military Merit was not heard about again until after the first great war, World War I.
By George Washington's 200th birthday on February 22, 1932, the Badge of Military Merit was revived as the Purple Heart Award, with redesign casting a profile of George Washington below the Washington coat of arms onto a heart-shaped pendant bordered in gold and suspended from a purple ribbon.
The Purple Heart Award Today
As of 2010, more than 1.9 million Purple Hearts had been received by members of the United States Armed Forces. Criteria for the Purple Heart Award has evolved over time, so there are, understandably, many current and retroactive requests pending.
Currently, military personnel qualify to receive the Purple Heart Award if they are injured or killed by an enemy action at any point following the United States' entry into World War I (April 6, 1917).
Thanks to Our Military Personnel
While they are deserving of our appreciation every day of the year, August 7 each year is National Purple Heart Day, a friendly signpost reminding us to give thanks to the people who give some measure of their own existence as a sacrifice that wards off aggression around the world. From our hearts, thank you to all of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Celebrate America's Armed Forces Personnel!
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