Purple Heart Day honors soldiers wounded, killed in battle

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)

(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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