Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7th each year. This day is dedicated to honoring and remembering the men and women who lost their life or were wounded while serving and protecting this country.
The history of the Purple Heart dates to the American Revolutionary War when General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit in 1782. This badge, which depicted a purple heart-shaped piece of cloth, was awarded to the Soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” However, the award fell into disuse after the Revolutionary War.
On Purple Heart Day, ceremonies, events, and activities take place across the country to pay tribute to the sacrifice and bravery of recipients of the Purple Heart Medal. It’s a time to recognize the service of wounded and fallen military personnel and express gratitude for their contributions to our nation’s defense.
The Purple Heart has become a symbol of courage, sacrifice, and patriotism, representing the selflessness of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
There are several meaningful ways to celebrate Purple Heart Day:
- Attend Ceremonies and Parades
- Visit Memorial and Monuments
- Raise Awareness
- Support Purple Heart Recipients
- Fly the Flag
- Moment of Silence
- Support Military Families
- Write Letters
Remember that the most important thing on Purple Heart Day is to show gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices made by Purple Heart recipients and their families.