Monday marks Purple Heart Day, a day to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women who put their lives on the line for our nation. The Purple Heart award is the oldest military honor, starting in 1932.
George Washington, however, presented a similar award, called the Badge of Military Merit, on August 7, 1782.
Since then, it’s estimated that over 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded. The award is presented to military service-members who are wounded or killed in action.
Both locally and nationally, leaders are joining together on this Purple Heart Day, to say "thank you" to the men and women who have risked it all for our country.
In South Florida, Agriculture Commissioner and candidate for Florida Governor, Adam Putnam, is hosting recipients and their families at Lake Wales' Camp Prairie as a part of Operation Outdoor Freedom.