The Purple Heart Museum celebrates 230 years
Friday, August 10, 2012, 11:19:17 AM
The Purple Heart Museum in New Windsor, New York, celebrated its 230th anniversary this week, The Florida Times-Union reports. The museum is dedicated to the oldest of the nation's military decorations originally known as the Badge of Military Merit. The museum curates the stories of Purple Heart recipients for visitors to pay tribute.
The Purple Heart dates back to the American Revolution, according to ..... General George Washington wanted to recognize the valor and efforts of his soldiers. The Continental Congress had forbidden Washington from granting commissions and promotions, so this decoration was created as his workaround.
"... The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit directs whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding," Washington on August 7, 1782. His words are quoted by the National Purple Heart Hall of Fame.
The Museum features a main exhibit gallery where visitors may journey through a timeline of service member sacrifices, learn of the changing strategies of war and how the medical responders create innovations to respond to the changing needs, among other historical exhibits. Visitors may also peruse the Roll of Honor in one of the computer alcoves and explore the interactive database of Purple Heart recipients.
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