Aug. 7 set aside as 'Purple Heart Recognition Day' in county

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on July 23 presented a Proclamation to members of the Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart at their regular meeting, proclaiming Aug. 7 as "Purple Heart Recognition Day" in Citrus County.

The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington, two hundred and one years ago, on Aug. 7, 1782, and is now the oldest military decoration in the world in present use.

The Purple Heart is a combat award exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war.

The organization known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is the only Congressionally chartered veterans’ organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans, was formed eighty one years ago in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of Purple Heart recipients.

More than 1.7 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States have been awarded the Purple Heart for their battlefield sacrifices since first adopted as a combat award by the War Department on Feb. 22, 1932.