Purple Heart Day


WHEREAS, on August 7, 1782, then Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit, which was awarded to only three Revolutionary War soldiers for brave military service; and

WHEREAS, on February 22, 1932, the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth, President Hoover revived the Badge of Military Merit as the Purple Heart; and

WHEREAS, the Purple Heart is specifically a combat decoration and is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded or are killed in combat; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that at least 1,900,000 Purple Hearts have been bestowed upon the brave men and women of the U.S. military; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is proud to be home to one of the largest populations of active duty service members, veterans, and their families in the nation, and is committed to serving all those who have courageously defended our country; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the heroic service of all Virginians who have received the Purple Heart;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 7, 2015, as PURPLE HEART DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.