Today in History: The Purple Heart

| August 7, 2019

Purple_Heart_MedalAlso known as the Badge of Military Merit, The Purple Heart was created on August 7, 1782 by General George Washington and awarded to three soldiers of the American Revolution in 1783. Symbolizing bravery and valor, the medal is heart shaped with a gold border and contains the profile of George Washington attached to purple silk. After the American War of Independence, medals were not not awarded until 1932 in honor of the bicentennial birth of George Washington — at which time they were tied to those wounded or killed in action. It is estimated that 1.8 million purple hearts have been awarded to military personnel, including prisoners of war and those fighting terrorism as seen in Operations Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) and Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq, Syria).

Did you know that the National Purple Heart of Honor is located in the Palisades — New Windsor, New York, and that the Purple Heart Trail creates a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam, that give tribute to the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal?

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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