Honoring Veterans

Peter Weddle

With our wounded veterans and those killed in battle in mind, we report that it was 232 years ago (on August 7, 1872) that General George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart. Created out of purple cloth in the shape of a heart, the decoration was then known as the Badge of Military Merit. General Washington awarded this decoration only for bravery and awarded only three such medals during the Revolutionary War.

Significantly, this Badge was thought to be the first United States democratized military medal issued also to enlisted personnel (and not just to generals following a successful major battle). From the Badge of Military Merit, the military service branches renamed the decoration “The Purple Heart” and started the tradition beginning in 1917 to award this decoration in the name of the President to United States military personnel who had been wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces.

While an accurate and complete list of Purple Heart Medal recipients does not exist, it is estimated that nearly 1.8 million service members have earned Purple Hearts since its modern creation in 1917. We salute and honor all of these brave individuals who have put their lives before ours in the name of freedom.

Reprinted with permission from DirectEmployers Association OFCCP Week In Review: August 10, 2020

NB: TAtech is pleased to announce the formation of a special interest group MilVets in Recruiting. If you’d like to get involved, please contact peterweddle@tatech.org.

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