80th Anniversary Celebration of Modern Purple Heart Feb. 22

February 19, 2012

Purple Heart Medal

Award established on George Washington’s 200th birthday

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the Purple Heart medal on Wednesday, Feb. 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 but seating is limited. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located at 374 Temple Hill Road (Route 300) in New Windsor, N.Y. For more information about this program, or to learn more about the Hall of Honor, call 845-561-1765.

A charitable partner of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the Hall of Honor is a free-standing federally registered non-profit corporation exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations may be made over our secure Web site  (palisades.exhibit-e.com/donate/) or by mailing to Palisades Parks Conservancy, Bear Mountain State Park, Administration Building, Bear Mountain, N.Y. 10911. For more information, please call us at 845-786-2701 or send email to admin@palisadesparksconservancy.org

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