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

Add to Calendar 08/07/2022 10:00:00 08/07/2022 America/New_York Purple Heart Commemoration

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 and the National Museum of the United States Army for the estate’s official National Purple Heart Day Wreath Laying at Washington’s Tomb and Commemoration Ceremony in the Tomb Grove.

Purple Heart Day Program in Tomb Grove

10:15 a.m. – 10:23 a.m. Opening Remarks - Dr. Joe Stoltz, Director of Leadership Programs, Washington Library
10:23 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. National Anthem
10:25 a.m. – 10:32 a.m. Remarks – General Eric K. Shinseki, 34th Chief of Staff of the Army; Chairman of the Board, Army Historical Foundation
10:32 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Closing Remarks – Dr. Joe Stoltz, Director of Leadership Programs, Washington Library
10:40 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Program Ends – Music to conclude
10:45 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Procession to Washington’s Tomb
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Purple Heart Wreath Laying at Washington’s Tomb
11:00 a.m. Departure

Free Admission for Purple Heart Recipients

Admission to Mount Vernon is free for Purple Heart Recipients. Purple Heart recipients also receive free admission 365 days a year to Mount Vernon.

For all other guests, the Purple Heart Commemoration ceremony is included with admission to Mount Vernon.

New Safety Protocols

Your safety and the safety of our staff is paramount as we open our doors again. There will be additional safety measures in place when you visit to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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New Safety Protocols

Your safety and the safety of our staff is paramount as we open our doors again. There will be additional safety measures in place when you visit to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Tune in LIVE on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 am ET


For those unable to attend in person, tune in for the live broadcast on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.

Purple Heart Trail Marker

The Purple Heart Memorial Marker at Mount Vernon

The Purple Heart Memorial Marker at Mount Vernon

This marker, dedicated by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and the Military Order of the Purple Heart on August 7, 1998, commemorates the establishment of the Purple Heart decoration by General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, on August 8, 1782.

Marker is off the traffic circle, northeast of the Texas Gate main entrance to the Mount Vernon estate.

Map of Mount Vernon

Military Badges

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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Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering.

Those who are not vaccinated are required to wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

This policy applies to both staff and guests.

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