The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces that has been wounded or died as a result of a wound in battle. This now includes those persons who died in captivity while a prisoner of war.
Often referred to as the military’s oldest medal, the Purple Heart Medal is also one of the most recognizable combat badges — its bright purple ribbon is hard to miss. However, this badge isn’t one service members hope to receive.
Criteria for Receiving a Purple Heart
In general, the Purple Heart may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been wounded, killed in action, or have died or may die from wounds received in any action against the United States and many other situations where men and women in uniform may find themselves under attack.
Different Ways Purple Heart Day is Observed
- American flags are flown at homes and businesses.
- States, counties, and cities pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of their local sons and daughters as do sports and entertainment entities.
- Major League Baseball teams pay homage to their local Purple Heart recipients during special pre-game and 7th inning ceremonies.
- Veteran and military organizations hold remembrance meetings for fallen heroes and special events to thank soldiers, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients on this day.
- The Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, recommends donating time and money to the foundation or to other organizations working with Purple Heart recipients.
- People take the time to listen to soldiers and veterans and learn more about their life stories and their military service.
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For more information, please visit the The Purple Heart Foundation