Dutchess County Proclaimed a New York State ‘Purple Heart County’
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Dutchess County recognized and honored members of the military who were killed or wounded when officials designated Dutchess a New York State “Purple Heart County” on Tuesday.
“Veterans have paid a high price by leaving their families and placing themselves in harm’s way in order to protect our freedom we all enjoy today,” Rolison said. “It is a privilege of mine to take this pledge to honor and support all of our veterans and their families including the Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers for the sacrifices they have all made.”
The Decoration of the Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the president of the United States to members of the Armed Forces who are wounded in conflict, or while being held as a prisoner of war. The badge may also be awarded to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces who are killed in conflict or who die of a wound received in conflict.
“Intended for combat-wounded veterans and their families, the Purple Heart promotes patriotism, goodwill, and most importantly, that we never forget their service and sacrifice,” Molinaro said. “The people of Dutchess County are grateful and may this serve as our sincere appreciation.”
As the oldest military decoration in use today, 2013 marks the 231st anniversary of the Purple Heart. The honor was created by General George Washington on Aug. 7, 1782 during the Revolutionary War and is sometimes referred to as the Honorary Badge of Distinction. It is estimated that 1.7 to 1.8 million service members have been awarded the Purple Heart.