The “Badge for Military Merit,” more commonly known as the Purple Heart, is “awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces that has been wounded, died as a result of wounds received in battle or those who died in captivity while a prisoner of war (POW).” August 7, Purple Heart Day, is the one day out of the year that we take as a nation to honor those who have been wounded on the battle field or given the ultimate sacrifice and awarded with this great badge.
Created by George Washington himself on August 7, 1782, the Purple Heart is a badge that no one should take lightly. Washington spoke the following about the Badge of Military Merit:
The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth, or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward. Before this favor can be conferred on any man, the particular fact, or facts, on which it is to be grounded must be set forth to the Commander in chief accompanied with certificates from the Commanding officers of the regiment and brigade to which the Candidate for reward belonged, or other incontestable proofs, and upon granting it, the name and regiment of the person with the action so certified are to be enrolled in the book of merit which will be kept at the orderly office. Men who have merited this last distinction to be suffered to pass all guards and sentinels which officers are permitted to do. The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all. This order is also to have retrospect to the earliest stages of war, and to be considered as a permanent one.
Now that you have a couple fun facts about this great badge, be sure to take sometime today and thank those who have been awarded with the Purple Heart badge. They have given more than you think for our great nation!