Something not Sought but Earned

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

Today, 7 August 2022 is National Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is not something anyone seeks to earn.

Rather than running on, I found a good article to share about the Purple Heart. The article came from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

National Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day on August 7 is the kind of day created to give back. It’s a day for Americans to remember and honor the men and women who bravely represented their country and were wounded or killed whilst serving. These people are decorated with a Purple Heart in the name of the President, and this day is for remembering them and their sacrifice. Some states, counties, and cities pause in recognition, as do some sports and entertainment entities. Military and veteran organizations also hold meetings for remembrance.  Please join us as we honor those that have been given a Purple Heart. 


George Washington awarded the original Purple Heart, designated as a Badge of Merit, in 1782. There was a lack of funds in the Continental Army at the time so the award was a way to honor enlisted and deserving people. The honor is presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” It was designed with a piece of silk bound through it with a thin edge of silver. Washington only gave out three of the badges himself, and instead authorized subordinates to issue the badges as they saw fit.

The Badge of Merit faded from use but was revived and launched in 1932, this time as the Purple Heart. As well as honoring those wounded in combat, this iteration of the Purple Heart recognized commendable action. It was in 1944 that the policy was tweaked slightly and the Purple Heart was given the purpose we know it for today, specifically to honor those who have been wounded or died.

The first service member to be given the modern Purple Heart was General Douglas MacArthur for his service in the Pacific theater during World War II. In total there have been 1.8 million Purple Hearts awarded over the years.

Purple Heart Day was first observed in 2014 and has been observed every year since. It’s a chance to reflect on the bravery of those who have fought for the U.S. and to ensure that their courage is never forgotten

Every day is a day to remember our military and its veterans. Every day they may be asked to put themselves in harm's way.

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Comments (15)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Doug,

What a wonderful article to share. I love your post..didn't know today was National Purple Heart Day!

Aug 07, 2022 09:54 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Doug Dawes very true, Purple Heart Day is not sought, Purple Heart earned by hard work and sacrifices. Happy National Purple Heart Day to you and to all.

Aug 07, 2022 01:53 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Doug, great post to share today, and did not know this day existed.

Aug 07, 2022 04:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Doug- I too did not realize that today was Purple Heart Day.  Thank you for making us aware of this and for sharing this information. 

Aug 07, 2022 07:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Doug, when I was in the military we used to joke when someone got a Purple Heart, "Did you cut yourself shaving?" keep in mind this was amongst brother Rangers & Infantry Soldiers:)Endre

Aug 07, 2022 11:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Doug... I knew it was Purple Heart Day yesterday... but had not seen the article you shared... so thank you for that.

Aug 08, 2022 04:38 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

I'm glad you like the article and post. I'm also appreciative that you stopped by  and commented

Aug 08, 2022 10:51 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

John Pusa Many are not aware there is a Purple Heart Day. I only bring these days up as a way of keeping it fresh in people's minds about the sacrifice our military forces make daily. 

Aug 08, 2022 10:53 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I am glad that you now know there is a Purple Heart Day Joan Cox. It's nice to have special days for every day of the year because it's fun. Yet, when there are days that bring remembrance of the sacrifices our military makes, day  in and day out, We all need to remember 

Aug 08, 2022 10:56 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Kathy Streib,

I'm sounding like a broken record. It is important to me and other veterans that our citizenry remembers the daily sacrifices our military members make. Veterans are not looking for accolades. However, our desire is that people do not forget the sacrifices made to the point of death.

Aug 08, 2022 11:01 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

HOOAH brother. A close friend of mine, locally, has 2 hearts and a chest full of fruit salad. Endre Barath, Jr. I always tease him by asking why the USMC never taught him to duck. We'd laugh and say them damned kept us to high off the ground. He got shot up pretty bad and is still picking pieces of metal out of his body. 

 There is a MACV-SOG veteran that has 8 Hearts (should have had 11) & the Medal of Honor. Robert L. Howard enlisted in the Army, spent 54 months in Vietnam, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor 3 times (2 were downgraded to Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star). Then there were those that got cut shaving...hahahaha

Aug 08, 2022 11:15 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Doug Dawes - I was very much aware of Purple Heart Day. I wrote a previous post highlighting all the notable Military dates in August. You did a great job on this blog post and I know that you are deeply connected to our Veterans. Thank you, so much for all you do for Veterans. it means a lot to people like me too. 

Aug 09, 2022 06:31 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Doug, for sharing this information. I was not aware of this special date.

Aug 09, 2022 07:52 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP   Doug is a Veteran and he might not tell you but that is his award he earned it the hard way not buy cutting himself shaving....Endre

Aug 23, 2022 09:54 PM
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Fun Fact.... If you received a purple heart you do not pay the VA funding fee on a VA mortgage. That is a fairly new addition to the VA guidelines.... (also any VA disability will remove the VA funding fee as well, but that has always been there)

Sep 21, 2022 11:55 AM