Well-deserved honor

a apurplI was watching television tonight, and I saw a commercial for the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY.

Its mission is to honor those who were hurt or killed while in combat.  To honor those brave men and women, the hall also wants to know the personal stories of those wounded or killed.

If you or someone you know has received a Purple Heart, you might want to look into this.

I know that most people who have received the Purple Heart  are humble about it and don’t necessarily seek recognition; however, this seems like a really nice honor and a really good place to visit to learn about those who put their mortality on the line, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice.

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4 thoughts on “Well-deserved honor

  1. Most of us hesitate to discuss the reason we recieved the medal.
    It’s just something we don’t do. Seems too much like patting oneself on the back.
    I don’t have a problem talking about it privately, to someone who asks, however, publically….no.

  2. It’s all part of the ‘resume’ all of the military wears on their chests… Seeing a purple heart gives that individual immediate credibility.

  3. Yesterday, I had the honor to sit in a room at my school to hear the story of a survivor of the Holocaust. A few years ago, I had the honor of sitting in a room at my school to listen to the stories of a few brave men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan (they didn’t hold back on the details and one was the recipient of a Purple Heart). Both times I was moved and very grateful to have the opportunity to hear their experiences. The students were equally moved.

    We need to hear those stories and we need to honor those that have had those experiences. They are very personal and hard to tell stories, and some people are able to vocalize things and some are not. That is perfectly understandable. Without those stories, though, the writing of history is left to the hands of those who weren’t there and who can only interpret it.

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