Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day Quick Facts

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2022 DateAugust 7, 2022
2023 DateAugust 7, 2023
Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day History

Purple Heart Day seeks to honor the individuals that were wounded or killed in action while serving in the military. The Purple Heart Medal is given to those who displayed not only instances of unusual gallantry in battle, but also extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way.

According to uso.org, as of 2019, about 1.8 million Purple Heart medals have been given to service members since its inception in 1782. George Washington is credited with the origin of the Purple Heart medal. Then is was originally known as the Badge of Military Merit.

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Purple Heart Day Facts

  • World War II saw the Purple Heart change from an award for worthy service to an honorary one. Those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who had been wounded, killed in action, or had died from wounds were now considered eligible for a purple heart.
  • According to militarybenefits.info, the Purple Heart began as something called the Badge of Military Merit. It was an honor created by general George Washington in 1782. It was to be presented only to enlisted soldiers who had performed actions worthy of merit.
  • The first US service member to receive the modern-day Purple Heart was Army General Douglas MacArthur. He was awarded for his service during World War II.
  • Traditionally, according to militarybenefits.info, the color of the Purple Heart was meant to represent the courage of those who served. The original color of the Badge of Military Merit was purple. When the Purple Heart was created to celebrate George Washington’s 200th anniversary, the original color of the medal he had created was used in honor of his memory.
  • Curry T. Haynes holds the record for the most Purple Hearts awarded to a single service member (10). Haynes served in the army during the Vietnam War. He received his first Purple Heart after an ambush in the jungle where he was shot in the arm. After surgery in Japan, he returned to the front where his actions would later result in him being awarded 9 additional Purple Hearts.

Purple Heart Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Take the time to listen to soldiers and veterans. You can learn more about their life stories and their military service.
  • Learn about the Purple Heart Trail. This trail serves a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments that give tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal.
  • Watch a war movie that highlights the bravery of American troops. Here are our picks:
    American Sniper (2014)
    Fury (2014)
    Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Purple Heart Day References and Related Sites

www.uso.org: Purple Heart Origin

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