August 7th is National Purple Heart Day which recognizes veterans who were wounded or lost their lives during combat.
The purple heart medal was formally known as the Badge of Military Merit bestowed to soldiers for their meritorious deeds. Sergeant Elijah Churchill was the first recipient to receive a badge in recognition of his leadership during the revolutionary war.
In 1932, recipients of the purple heart medal founded The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) which provides programs including suicide awareness, veteran advocacy, and youth activities.
As we pause in observance of this national holiday don’t forget to show appreciation to your local servicemen and women.