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      Purple Heart Day is a day dedicated to honoring the ultimate sacrifice of service members and those who have suffered a life-altering injury in the line of duty. Originally, it began as an award in the waning days of the Revolutionary War. After the revolution, it was all but forgotten until the 20th century when, in 1932, then-General Douglas MacArthur re-established the Purple Heart as a medal in honor of George Washington’s memory and achievements.

      On April 25th, 1962, Executive Order 11016 authorized civilian Purple Hearts for those under competent military authority; it also authorized posthumous awards to those killed on or after April 5, 1917 upon application by their next of kin. The amount of Purple Hearts awarded by war are as follows:

      1. World War I: 320,518

      2. World War II: 1,076,245

      3. Korean War: 118,650

      4. Vietnam War: 351,794

      5. Persian Gulf War: 607

      6. Afghanistan War: 12,534 (As of November 18th, 2018)

      7. Iraq War: 35,411 (As of November 18th, 2018)

      8. Operation Inherent Resolve: 76 (as of May 4th, 2020)

      9. UN Peacekeeping in Mali: 2 (as of April 14th, 2018)

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