The Heroes of the Purple Heart
This is one of the most honorable medals in the military sphere. It commemorates everybody whose sacrifice was made during the battle. This is The Purple Heart – the badge that honors brilliant service, unselfish behavior and love towards brother soldiers and the Homeland. This medal is so special that there is even a day dedicated to honoring it. Moreover, it has unbelievable history full of amazingly positive moments.
Commemorating Heroes at Purple Heart Day
George Washington, who was not only a president, but the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army as well, on 7 August 1782, designed the very first prototype of the Purple Heart. Originally named “Badge for Military Merit,” it contained a purple heart-shaped piece of cloth that was usually silk, together with the edge sewed with narrow stripes of silver. Later, it had the word Merit on the entire heart written also with silver. The badge was given to the soldiers who served extremely well and showed their worth during the Revolutionary War. What was so special about it is that only three people were awarded this badge during the war. Not only did they get praise from the president himself, but also a free pass through guards without any challenge. Moreover, their names were written in the particular Book of Merit. The soldiers’ names, of course, were soon lost as the book unluckily disappeared, thus all details about the Purple Heart were forgotten.
Later, in 1927, there was an attempt to revive the medal and bring it back to the forefront. The US army general Douglas MacArthur, to honor George Washington’s birthday, decided to get the badge back to life, but with a new design. On 22 February 1932, the US War Department made the decision and ordered to renew the Purple Heart medal, featuring new design. As a result, the symbol on the badge became the Coat of Arms that related to Washington’s family. The value of the medal remained the same distinguishing the soldiers who proved their worth during the military actions and sacrificed a lot for the sake of victory. When Mr. Washington founded the badge, he wanted it to be honored to the most successful soldiers, so his original suggestion was preserved and the medal saved its meaning.
Since then, the medal has been handed regularly for the best merits either to living American heroes or to deceased during the battles. The dedication that soldiers showed towards the Homeland induced the military administrations to award almost 2 million Purple Hearts since its reestablishment. Nowadays, there is a hall commemorated to the medal that is located in New Windsor that is in New York.
The words of the president George Washington summarize the entire history of the medal at its best: “Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the Purple Heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen.”