Thursday, August 7, 2008
"Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces"
Today is the birthday of the Purple Heart!
In 1782,George Washington established the Order of the Purple Heart at Newburgh, New York. The Purple Heart recognizes merit in enlisted soldiers who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. military. It is the oldest symbol and award given to members of the U.S. Military.
My brother-in-law, Phil has received five Purple Hearts in the Vietnam War. Truly, he is the finest of heroes. We sat with him at the wedding of his grand-daughter two weekends ago... it is amazing to think of all this one man has been through and yet he holds one of the sweetest spirits I have ever met. Tomorrow is the shared birthday of Phil and my husband. Happy Birthday, Guys!
To Phil and all of our nation's Purple Heart recipients... how do we ever thank you?
Simply.......... We must never forget!