Mount Vernon is currently closed. We look forward to welcoming you to George Washington's estate very soon! Learn more

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

Add to Calendar 08/08/2020 10:30:00 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.

East Lawn George Washington's Mount Vernon tickets@mountvernon.org MM/DD/YYYY 15

Special Event Showing On

Located At

East Lawn

Purple Heart recipients receive free admission 365 days a year.

Learn More

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 special guests.

Near the entrance of the estate, visit the Purple Heart Memorial, the first stop on the Purple Heart Trail.

Share this event

#gwmountvernon

Video


Hear Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Kutilek's Story

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.

Learn More
Buy Tickets What to Do Calendar Shop Restaurant Donate Membership
Estate Hours

Open today from Mount Vernon is currently closed to visitors until further notice.

iconDirections & Parking
buy tickets online & save