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Purple Heart Day honors soldiers wounded, killed in battle

Purple Heart Day honors the brave men and women who were wounded or killed in battle (Source: Military Benefits) Purple Heart Day honors the brave men and women who were wounded or killed in battle (Source: Military Benefits)

(WTOL) - August 7 is Purple Heart Day.

It is a day to honor the brave men and women who have served our country and were either wounded in battle or paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Purple Heart is a medal presented to soldiers for "any singularly meritorious action." 

The medal was created in 1782 by General George Washington. 

The Purple Heart was basically a footnote from the Revolutionary War, until General Douglas MacArthur and the United Stated War Department developed the order of the Purple Heart.

Today, the medal features a bust of George Washington and his coat of arms.

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