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From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart

August 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Saturday, August 12th, at 2:00 PM for “From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart.” Hear how and why General George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, on August 7, 1783, 235 years ago, during the last days of the Revolutionary War. The Badge, the first award of its kind to honor enlisted personnel, evolved into the Purple Heart, an award given today to officers and enlisted personnel wounded or killed in the defense of our country. Listen to the exploits of the three recipients of the Badge, stories of daring, courage and patriotism.

In the years that followed, the Badge was forgotten by many in the military. However, there were still those who wished to honor Washington’s Badge of Military Merit. Listen to how their interest, knowledge and tenacity led to the creation of the Purple Heart, an award now given to those who are wounded or killed in the service of their country; thereby, still honoring those who are daring, courageous and patriotic.

While at the site to celebrate the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, you are invited to make your own Badge to take home!
The program is free with Museum admission. Site hours are 11 AM until 5 PM. For further information please call 845-562-1195.


August 12, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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