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Aug. 7 marks National Purple Heart Day

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- August 7th marks National Purple Heart Day. People around the world are thanking all of the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country.

The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It’s also awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.

It represents courage, sacrifice, commitment and heart.

Until 1931, it was known as the Badge of Military Merit.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. It is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans.

To learn more visit: purpleheart.org