Purple Heart Day is observed each year on August 7. This is a day set aside for Americans to take a moment to remember the men and women who have been either wounded in battle or paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
The Purple Heart is awarded to those members of the military that have been wounded or killed in combat. There is a long list of criteria that makes a service member eligible to receive a Purple Heart. However, the basic requirements are, “wounded, was killed, or who has died or may hereafter die of wounds received” from any action against the United States, action with an opposing armed force, the results of any hostile foreign force, as well as other situations where service members may find themselves under attack.
Purple Heart Day is considered an unofficial holiday, which means businesses, government offices, etc. do not close. However, there are ways in which this day is observed across the country.
- In many states and cities, people pause to recognize the service and sacrifice of the local service members who have been awarded this honor.
- Major League Baseball teams pay homage to their local Purple Heart recipients.
- Businesses fly American Flags to honor those who have served and sacrificed
Check with your local community and/or military installation for Purple Heart Day observances in your area.