UPDATED 1:45 PM PT — Friday, August 7, 2020
On Friday, the president paid tribute to America’s Purple Heart recipients. In a White House statement, President Trump commemorated the establishment of one our nation’s highest honors.
“The Purple Heart is reserved for military service members wounded or killed in action,” he stated. “On this day, we pay tribute to these men and women, who have suffered and sacrificed so much for our Nation.”
Today, we honor the uncommon courage of the great American patriots who have earned the Purple Heart! pic.twitter.com/XMj2LMjWoT
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 7, 2020
George Washington created the Purple Heart award 238 years ago to recognize the merit and service of those who served our nation in the war for independence. The medal was formerly known as the Badge of Military Merit.
President Trump added “our nation is forever indebted to the valiant warriors for their service and sacrifice.” He went on to say the country remains committed to “honoring their legacy now and for generations to come.”