It’s Purple Heart Day in Wisconsin. It’s a day to honor men and women who were killed or wounded in combat. The Purple Heart is only awarded for genuine acts of courage, recognizing the veteran’s sacrifice. The medal is different than other decorations in that a GI is not “recommended,” but rather “entitled” to it after meeting certain criteria, which now includes those servicemen killed as a result of friendly fire.
It’s illegal to wear the medal if you haven’t earned it.
The Purple Heart is the oldest award that is still given to members of the U.S. military. The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington.
By state statute, Purple Heart Day is observed in Wisconsin every year on August 7th. People and organizations are urged to display the American flag in recognition of those individuals who have been wounded or killed in action while serving their nation.
NOTE: A ceremony takes place Friday, August 7, 2009 at 11:00 at the Veterans Home at King.