Designating New York State as a Purple Heart State

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION designating New York State as a Purple Heart

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have served so valiantly and honorably in our nation's wars, as well as
in the preservation of peace in peacetime, deserve a special salute from
this Legislative Body; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to designate New York
State as a Purple Heart State; and
WHEREAS, The Purple Heart Medal is the oldest military decoration in
the world in present use, and is awarded in the name of the President of
the United States to members of the United States military who have been
wounded or killed in action; and
WHEREAS, On August 7, 1782, during the American Revolution, General
George Washington issued an order establishing the Badge of Military
Merit to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers; consist-
ing of a heart made of purple cloth, the Badge of Military Merit was
distinctive because it was open only to enlisted men; and
WHEREAS, Although not continued after the American Revolution, the
Badge of Military Merit was later renamed the Purple Heart and rein-
stated by the United States War Department, now the Department of
Defense, on February 22, 1932, the 200th anniversary of George
Washington's birth; and
WHEREAS, The Purple Heart has been awarded to nearly two million Amer-
icans who have been wounded in battle or killed in action; and
WHEREAS, As Americans, it is our responsibility to ensure that our
history is documented and reverence is given to our war heroes who
served this great Nation; and
WHEREAS, The freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come at a
very high price for those serving in the military; it is fitting and
proper that we, who are the beneficiaries of the courage of those who
risk their lives, leaving their families behind, express our appreci-
ation and eternal gratitude for their sacrifices and courageous acts;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
designate New York State as a Purple Heart State; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New


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