How many of you knew that George Washington was responsible for what we now know as the Purple Heart? A show of hands please.
Newly dedicated, there is now a National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Vails Gate, New York. The purpose of the Hall of Honor is to collect and tell the stories of the recipients and currently features a database of 77,000 stories.
Anniversary of Purple Heart marked with memorial | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — Gen. George Washington created a heart-shaped award made from purple fabric as his battle-weary troops camped here 225 years ago.
Since then, Purple Hearts have been awarded to roughly 1.5 million U.S. service men and women wounded or killed in combat in such far-off locations as the beaches of Normandy, the jungles of Vietnam, and now, increasingly, in Iraq and Afghanistan.