National Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Purple Heart Day is also known as National Purple Heart Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Purple Heart Appreciation Day.

Purple Heart Day will be observed on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

The holiday was first observed in 2014, is considered an unofficial observance meaning that businesses, government offices etc. do not close on this day.

How Purple Heart Day is Observed

  • States, Counties, and Cities pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of their local sons and daughters as do sports and entertainment entities.
  • Major League Baseball teams pay homage to their local Purple Heart recipients during special pre-game and 7th inning ceremonies.
  • Veteran and military organizations hold remembrance meetings for fallen heroes and special events to thank soldiers, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients on this day.
  • The Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, recommends donating time and money to the foundation or to other organizations working with Purple Heart recipients.
  • People take the time to listen to soldiers and veterans and learn more about their life stories and their military service.
  • American flags are flown at homes and businesses.

Criteria For Receiving A Purple Heart

The Purple Heart has a long list of criteria for eligibility-too long to list here. But in general it may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been “wounded, was killed, or who has died or may hereafter die of wounds received” from, according to the U.S. Army official site, any action against the United States, action with an opposing armed force, the results of any hostile “foreign force” and many other situations where men and women in uniform may find themselves under attack.

In general, the Purple Heart is awarded for injuries sustained because of enemy attack. Injuries sustained for other reasons not related to things “not caused by enemy agents” are generally not acceptable as grounds for receiving the Purple Heart, though friendly fire injuries do qualify as long as the friendly fire was intended for the enemy. The Purple Heart is now given to persons who are injured, wounded or died while a prisoner of war (POW).

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Purple Heart Recipients can join The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) which was formed in 1932. It is composed exclusively of men and women who have received the Purple Heart and is the only veterans service organization with only “combat” veterans as members. It’s estimated that more than a million Purple Hearts have been awarded and there are about 45,000 MOPH members today.

Why is the Purple Heart Purple?

One contemporary interpretation of the color of the Purple Heart is that the color represents the blood of all those who have made sacrifices in war, but traditionally the color is thought to represent the courage of those who serve. The original color of the Badge of Military Merit was purple, so it is logical that when the Purple Heart was created to celebrate George Washington’s bicentennial, the original color of the medal he created would be used to honor his memory.

History of The Purple Heart’s Long And Winding Road

The Purple Heart began as something called the Badge of Military Merit, an honor created by General George Washington in 1782. The honor was only presented to enlisted soldiers who had performed a “singularly meritorious action”. Only a handful of these were awarded, and following the American Revolution, the Badge of Military Merit didn’t become a permanent fixture among the various other awards and decorations given to those who serve.

But the spirit of the Badge of Military Merit would be honored again in 1932, when the Purple Heart award was created to honor the bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday. World War One saw the first Purple Hearts awarded to soldiers, presented on the site of the final encampment of the Continental Army in Windsor, New York.

The Purple Heart took many years to evolve into what it is known as today. When General Douglas MacArthur signed General Order #3 establishing the modern Purple Heart, it was not authorized to be awarded to anyone except to those serving in the Army or the Army Air Corps. A presidential order signed in 1942 opened the Purple Heart to all branches of the military including the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Modern Purple Heart

World War Two saw the Purple Heart change from an award for meritorious service to one honoring those who were wounded or killed in combat. Criteria for receiving a Purple Heart has also changed over the years; military members may be eligible for this honor if they are wounded or killed as a result of an act of terrorism or in qualifying circumstances where friendly fire was involved. There are also Purple Heart benefits afforded to the men and women that are awarded Purple Hearts.

This post courtesy of militarybenefits.info

Legion Installation 7.8.2021

There will be no General Meeting for July. The July meeting will be to conduct installation of officers for all family units. This meeting will be on July 8th. Dinner at 6pm, Meeting at 7pm. A band will play in the Social Quarters following the conclusion of the installation.

This meeting is by reservation, to ensure there is enough seating for all incoming officers. For further information, contact the Adjutant, Al Rosenfield.

Plaque of Remembrance

The Lenten season is upon us. This is generally considered a time of sacrifice and reflection. 

Would you please consider reflecting upon, and honoring your loved ones who have served this great country, by listing their name, rank and branch of service on the Plaque of Honor hanging on the left wall as you enter the Legion social quarters. 


Simply ask your bartenders or servers for the “Plaque of Honor” form and fill it out. A small fee of $25.00 will enshrine your loved one for ever. 
Thank you for your kind consideration.

Honoring First Responders

American Legion Post 29 – Makes awards to our first responders and Honors one of our own!  

At Horace Orr Post 29 of The American Legion’s regular monthly meeting on Nov. 5th  the Legion and the Golf Committee presented $29,500 to our first responders from the proceeds of the 24th Annual Golf Tournament that was held on Sept. 14th at Dogwood Country Club.  This year’s presentation marked the largest amount of monies ever given from the proceeds of this event.  We had the largest field of golfers we have ever had and Dogwood Country Club did an outstanding job in hosting the tournament.  

The legion was blessed to have great sponsors again this year and they helped us tremendously in making this event successful.  We would like to thank Chick- fil-la , Coca-Cola United,  Vingenzo’s , East Cobb Ace Hardware, Capstone Insurance, Steve’s Automotive and our title sponsor,  The Army National Guard for their support in making this event the best golf tournament we have had.  We also would like to thank you the members of the American Legion Post 29 for your participation and support.   

Each of the First Responders, the Marietta Police Dept., the Marietta Fire Dept., and the Cobb County Sheriff’s Dept. each received $6,500 each to go toward their Christmas and youth programs.   Another $10,000 grant was given to the WellStar Foundation in honor of one of our own- Uncle Pete Bagley!  Uncle Pete is a legend in our legion for the service he has given, but he is also a  long time leader in the Kennestone Hospital Volunteers that has been huge supporters of the legion and the Veterans Memorial 5k race.  This award is richly deserved and we all congratulate  Uncle Pete Bagley.   The WellStar Foundation will use these monies to decorate a room especially for EMT’s in the new Emergency Room at the Kennestone-WellStar Hospital.   Going forward this award in honor of Uncle Pete will be given annually  from the proceeds of the golf tournament. 

The legion would also like to thank the golf committee under the direction of Allen Rosenfield and Commander Walt Cusick for putting on such a wonderful and successful event.  Also a special thanks go to committee members Ken Buechel, Jim Kopp, Guy Cook, Russell Dixon, Tom Bell,  and Teresa Myer for her great crew in social quarters all of their hard work on this event.    

A great time was had by all – and the golf committee – looks forward to hosting another successful 25th Annual Golf Tournament next Sept. 2020!  

Cobb Sherriff Department
Marietta Fire Department
Marietta Police Department
Uncle Pete Bagley
Uncle Pete and Wellstar