NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) - The anniversary of the Purple Heart award for wounded troops is being celebrated at the Hudson Valley attraction where the honor originated.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor is marking the 230th anniversary of Gen. George Washington's order creating the Badge of Military Merit during the Revolutionary War.
Washington created a heart-shaped award made from purple fabric as his battle-weary troops camped on a bit of high land 50 miles north of New York City on Aug. 7, 1782. The award, given for exceptional performance, inspired the introduction of the Purple Heart in 1932.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor near Newburgh will host a presentation on the history of the award on Tuesday afternoon.