(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.