The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) and the Wisconsin Department of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) will host a Purple Heart Day ceremony at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Purple Heart recipients and the public are invited to attend. The ceremony will be held on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., in the galleries of the Museum, located at 30 W. Mifflin Street in Madison, across from the State Capitol.
Speakers will include the heads of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Military Order of the Purple Heart. Attendees and participants will include recipients of the Purple Heart award.
The ceremony is being held in advance of Purple Heart Day (August 7) and will honor Wisconsin veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart for wounds received in armed conflict with an enemy force or while held by an enemy force as a prisoner of war. The Purple Heart was first established as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington at Newburgh, New York on August 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War, as an incentive to the Continental Army.
Each year the Governor proclaims August 7th as Purple Heart Day in Wisconsin. Citizens and state organizations are encouraged to display the American flag on that day as a public expression of the recognition of those individuals who have been wounded or killed in action while serving their nation. See www.WisVets.com/PurpleHeart.