Pay tribute to the oldest military decoration in the U.S. at the home of its founder, George Washington.

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Add to Calendar 08/10/2019 10:30:00 12/31/1969 America/Rio_Branco Mount Vernon Commemorates National Purple Heart Day

Pay tribute to the oldest military decoration in the U.S. at the home of its founder, George Washington.

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Join Mount Vernon and members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the estate's official National Purple Heart Day Ceremony on the East Lawn overlooking the Potomac River at 10:30AM (weather permitting). Enjoy a musical prelude before the ceremony commences. The ceremony includes the presentation of the colors, a musical performance by the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and remarks by a Mount Vernon representative.

Visit the Purple Heart Memorial near the entrance of the estate, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year.

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Purple Heart award recipients share their remembrances and reflect upon General George Washington's act that created the predecessor to this most respected of military awards.

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Purple Heart Memorial

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On August 7, 1782, George Washington created three new military badges that would honor the service of ordinary, common soldiers. In these General Orders, Washington outlined the creation of the Badge of Military Merit, the precursor to the Purple Heart.

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