SACRAMENTO – The State Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 159 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) officially recognizing August 7 as Purple Heart Day in California. The resolution acknowledges men and women of the Armed Services who have been wounded or killed in action.
“There are few daily opportunities for the public to express gratitude for the sacrifices made by those who put their lives on the line and paid a great cost for our freedom and liberty,” said Morrell. “Purple Heart Day calls on each of us to reflect on these actions as we pay tribute to the wounded honor the memories of the fallen.”
The modern Purple Heart Medal was created in 1932. It mirrors the Badge of Military Merit that was commissioned by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, and is believed to be the first official military combat badge of the Armed Forces. As a combat decoration, it is still awarded today to veterans of the U.S. military wounded in action.
SCR 159 encourages Californians to pause and remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving our country, and have subsequently been awarded the Purple Heart. Many recipients of the medal are part of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, whose mission it is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and provide service to all veterans and their families. Approximately two million Purple Heart Medals have been awarded to date.
The resolution passed the Senate by unanimous vote.