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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: February 5, 2019 10:38 AM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
To: All House members
Subject: Designating August 7 of each year as Purple Heart Day in Pennsylvania
In the near future I will be introducing legislation to designate August 7 of each year as “Purple Heart Day” in Pennsylvania.

Across the United States, 23 states have honored their combat wounded and killed military veterans by proclaiming their states to be Purple Heart states. During major wars from World War I to the present, 32,080 Pennsylvania veterans were killed in combat and more than 59,000 were wounded, making these Pennsylvanians eligible for the Purple Heart Medal.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization created in 1932 by an act of Congress for U.S. war veterans, strives to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and provide services to all veterans and their families. This organization, most importantly, ensures that we never forget the sacrifices of veterans killed in action and wounded in combat.

The Purple Heart Trail was created in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states, commemorating and honoring all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In Pennsylvania Route 45, also known as Purple Heart Highway, is 100 miles long and winds through Huntingdon, Centre, Union, Northumberland, and Montour Counties. It has been designated as part of the Purple Heart Trail.

My legislation will continue to honor the brave men and women who were wounded or killed while serving in our country’s military to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Please join me in permanently recognizing August 7 as Purple Heart Day in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HB567