I am extremely proud that, in 2013, Putnam County became the first county in New York State to be designated a Purple Heart County. This is just one of many ways Putnam County honors its veterans.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still in use today. It was established as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782. It is awarded to any member of the Unites States Armed Services wounded or killed in combat with a declared enemy of the United States.
As we recognize Purple Heart Day today, please take time to honor those who have served our country. Reflect on the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.