Purple Heart Day – August 7th

Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by SSGMike.Ivy, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. SSGMike.Ivy

    SSGMike.Ivy Senior Member

    The Purple Heart is an American decoration-the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first American award made available to the common soldier. It was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by one of the world's most famed and best-loved heroes-General George Washington

    The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States.

    This now includes those persons killed as a result of friendly fire. Now we celebrate Purple Heart Day on the anniversary of its inception, August 7th.

    On this day it is our patriotic duty to remember and recognize those people willing to serve our country, no matter the price.
  2. sapper

    sapper WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    The British do not have purple hearts...In WW2 we had the Kings Medal. And a gold stripe on you lower sleeve for each time you were wounded. I still have me wound stripes. and have worn my "Kings Medal" in my lapel for over 60 years.
  3. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Thought you might like to see what Sapper is talking about. My Fathers wound stripes on sleeve on lower arm. 3 of them.

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  4. SSGMike.Ivy

    SSGMike.Ivy Senior Member

    Thank you for sharing, interesting to see what others countries award combat Veterans.

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