2012-02-15 / Community / Briefly Noted

80th Anniversary of the Modern Purple Heart

Celebration on February 22

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Purple Heart medal on Wednesday, February 22, at 2 p.m.

The program will recall the background leading up to General Order Number 3 which established the award on the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. The program will include a display of items relating to Purple Heart history, a presentation on how the award came into being and recognition of Purple Heart recipients. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will kick off the Hall of Honor’s preparation for the 80th Anniversary of the Temple Hill Ceremony of May 28, 1932 where 138 local veterans were awarded their Purple Hearts. As part of the May 28th activities the Hall is collecting stories and photographs from those whose families were at that ceremony. Information will be available on how to contribute and keep our local history alive as part of the national history of the Purple Heart.

Admission is Free. Seating is limited. For more information about this program, or to learn more about the Hall of Honor please call 845-561-1765.  TheNational Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) New Windsor NY 12553.


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