The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in U.S. history and is worn today as a badge of honor by soldiers who were killed or wounded in the field of battle. It also recognizes commendable action in combat. It has been around for centuries and has gone through many name changes and redesigns, and it is still one of the most honorable military awards. What is it that makes the purple heart so special?
A History of Purple Heart Day
The Purple Heart was introduced during the American Revolutionary War when it was awarded to three different soldiers by General George Washington. Before it became the Purple Heart, it was simply known as the “Military Badge Of Merit”. George Washington had created it to commemorate soldiers who had performed meritorious actions in battle.
The original badge was a purple piece of silk-bound cloth in the shape of a heart, lined with silver and embroidered with the word “merit”. There are many things about the Purple Heart that still remain unknown, such as how many soldiers have received it and who originally designed it. Many believe that there was a Book of Merit, a national treasure that has been lost with time.
The design of the badge has changed drastically over the past two centuries, and now includes a purple ribbon and the bust of George Washington. Purple Heart Day has been reserved on different days throughout history. It was once celebrated on Washington’s Birthday. However, a 2014 military order decided to recognize Purple Heart Day on August 7th. For each Purple Heart Day, the military has asked that citizens purchase purple violas to show their support.
“I’m a soldier who didn’t know how nasty the battle was going to be, and now, I’ve got a purple heart and I’m back.”
- Robert Downey Jr.
How To Celebrate Purple Heart Day
The best way to celebrate Purple Heart Day is by honoring those who have fought in the battle and have received Purple Hearts. Learn more about the history of the Purple Heart. Show respect to the brave men and women who continue to put themselves on the line of combat for the safety of our great nation. Make sure to hashtag #PurpleHeartDay to help spread awareness!
Purple Hearts Bleed Red
All military servicemen and women deserve to be respected and revered every day because of the sacrifices they make to protect your freedom. Purple Heart Day should remind you that not everyone that leaves to serve comes back. Take a moment out of your day today to do something that benefits a member of the country’s military. Feed a homeless veteran, sit with an injured soldier, or write a letter to someone that is deployed. It is a small show of appreciation for the service they have given you.
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National Raspberries N’ Cream Day
August is the month when raspberries are plentiful! Raspberries N’ Cream just so happens to be one of the most beloved and delicious raspberry treats around. Raspberries, which were once a crop that could only be harvested in the summer, can now be harvested all-year-round. Don’t wait to enjoy a well-deserved dessert, though! One of the most popular ways to enjoy Raspberries N’ Cream is with a layer cake.