Today is Purple Heart Day in the United States of America. It’s an unofficial holiday which, in my opinion, ought to be an official holiday. Take time today to honor the brave who earned the Purple Heart in service to our country.
The Purple Heart was first created on August 7, 1782 by the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, General George Washington. Then known as the Badge of Military Merit, it was awarded to 3 Revolutionary soldiers in 1783.
After the end of the American War of Independence, no medals were awarded until 1932, when the medal was revived on the bicentennial anniversary of George Washington’s birth. According to a circular dated February 22, 1932, Purple Heart Medals were to be awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States Armed Forces as a result of enemy action on or after April 5, 1917.
Remember the fallen who died to keep us free. Thank those who survived their wounds for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us all.