Sunday, August 7, 2011

Purple Heart Day

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America's servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.

Sunday August 7, 2011 is Purple Heart Appreciation Day
Event: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
There will be music by Song of the Valley Chorus, Sweet Adelines International, cake and a presentation on "Why We Are Here: The Significance Of Purple Heart Appreciation Day" along with representatives of the Veteran's Administration Hudson Valley Health Care and Duchess County Veteran’s Services to celebrate and commemorate Purple Heart Appreciation Day.

Source: The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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Did you know?

The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit, Read more.

On August 05, 2011, The U.S. suffered its highest loss since the war began in Afghanistan when the Taliban shot down a military Chinook in the province of Wardak. 31 U.S. Forces were killed in action, which including more than 20 SEALs from Team Six. Team Six is the unit that carried out the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, Read More.

Never Forget the sacrifices our servicemen and servicewomen continue to make for our Freedom!

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