The Purple Heart
Purple Heart, c. 1785. From the American Independence Museum’s Collection
So why is this small, silk heart so important?
Reviving the Purple Heart
The new design, featuring General Washington’s profile, was officially revived by an Executive Order on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, February 22, 1932. Today, it is awarded in the name of the President to members of the United States military wounded or killed in action.
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