PURPLE Heart DAY
August 11th, in Sacramento, the State Senate passed by Senator Mike
Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) officially recognizing AUGUST 7th as Purple Heart Day in
California. The resolution acknowledges men and women of the Armed
Services who have been wounded or killed in action. Senate Concurrent Resolution 159
The modern Purple Heart Medal
was created in 1932. It mirrors the Badge of Military
Merit that was commissioned by General George Washington on
August 7, 1782, and is believed to be the first official military combat badge
of the Armed Forces. As a combat decoration, it is still awarded today to Veterans
of the United States Military, wounded in action.
SCR 159 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 159) encourages Californians to pause and remember those
who have been injured or lost their lives while serving our country, and have
subsequently been awarded the Purple Heart.
The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous vote.
Many recipients of the medal are part of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, whose mission it is to
foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded Veterans,
promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and provide
service to all veterans and their families.
Approximately two million Purple Heart Medals have been
awarded to date.
AUGUST 7th Designated
are few daily opportunities for the public to express gratitude for the
sacrifices made by those who put their lives on the line and paid a great cost
for our freedom and liberty,” said Senator Morrell. “Purple Heart Day calls on each of us to
reflect on these actions as we pay tribute to the wounded honor the memories of