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

Add to Calendar 08/07/2020 10:00:00 12/31/1969 America/Rio_Branco 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.

Schedule of Events

  • Opening Remarks by Dr. Doug Bradburn, President & CEO, George Washington's Mount Vernon 
  • National Anthem
  • Remarks by Paul Morando, Exhibits Chief, National Museum of the United States Army
  • Remarks by Retired Army General LTG Roger Schultz, President, Army Historical Foundation
  • Purple Heart Wreath Laying at Washington’s Tomb
  • Closing Remarks by Dr. Doug Bradburn, President & CEO, George Washington's Mount Vernon 

Free Admission for Purple Heart Recipients

Admission to Mount Vernon is free for Purple Heart Recipients and their guests. 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.

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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