The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation at their meeting on July 23, proclaiming Aug. 7, 2019 as Purple Heart Day in Citrus County.
The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 235 years ago on Aug. 7, 1782, and is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use. The War Department first adopted the Purple Heart as a combat award on Feb. 22, 1932, exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war.
Over 1.7 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States have been awarded the Purple Heart, and merit the reverence of their fellow countrymen for selflessly sacrificing their lives or shedding their blood on the field of battle in defense of the republic and its cherished freedoms.
The Governor of Florida enacted legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 2012 designating Aug. 7 of each year as Purple Heart Day. Citrus County is a Purple Heart County and home to two Purple Heart Cities, the first designated Purple Heart school district and law enforcement agency in the nation, two Purple Heart veteran service organizations and Florida’s first state forest Purple Heart Trail.
The Board of County Commissioners proclaims Aug. 7, 2019 as Purple Heart Day, recognizes the 237th anniversary of the Purple Heart and encourages all citizens to honor and pay tribute to all Purple Heart recipients for their extraordinary sacrifice and bravery on the field of battle.