Today is Purple Heart Day and GrantWatch is extending its gratitude to our brave veterans! To thank you for your service, we want to help you in and out of the battlefield. GrantWatch offers an ever-expanding database of funding opportunities for individual veterans and nonprofit veteran-assistance programs, and UHelp provides a crowdfunding platform for campaigns and projects without grant-specific qualifications. In recognition of this momentous day, let's take a quick look at some of the facts about Purple Heart Day you may not have heard before.
Military Merit Badge Beginnings
The Purple Heart recognizes service members who are wounded in combat. Throughout history, Purple Heart Day has been marked on several different dates. In 2014, the Military Order of the Purple Heart designated August 7 as Purple Heart Day. The first Badge of Military Merit awards were presented by George Washington on August 7, 1782. At this time, Washington was still commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The Badges of Military Merit were presented to Sergeant Daniel Bissell of the 2nd Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line, Sergeant William Brown of the 5th Connecticut Regiment of the Continental Line and Sergeant Elijah Churchill of the 2nd Continental Dragoons.
The end of the Revolutionary War marked the beginning of great change throughout the world. One of those changes declared that the Badge of Military Merit was not to be used again. However, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth in 1932, it was revived under War Department General Order No. 3 From February 22, 1932 forward, the Purple Heart was designated to honor those who are killed or injured during service from April 5, 1917 on.
The Purple Heart was formally designed in 1928. In 1931, though, an order by General Douglas MacArthur led to its official creation. Elizabeth Will, an Army heraldic specialist, designed the medal as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross, the official Vice Presidential flag and other official government designs. She retired in 1965.
According to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, an estimated 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been presented since 1932.
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About 20 veterans commit suicide everyday. On top of this, there are many homeless veterans and those that will live the rest of their lives with physical disabilities. The VA health system can only provide limited support at the best of times. Help us help those that protect our way of life.
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