Establishing Purple Heart Day
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Sponsored by Rep. Dahlstrom, Sen. Gardner, Rep. Buch, Rep. Keller, Rep. Petersen, Rep. Lynn, Rep. Gatto, Rep. Tuck, Rep. Doogan, Rep. Thomas, Rep. Hawker, Rep. Guttenberg, Rep. Ramras, Sen. Fairclough, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Millett, Rep. Herron
Co-Sponsors: Rep. Wilson, Rep. Austerman, Rep. Muñoz, Rep. Chenault, Rep. Wilson, Rep. Seaton, Rep. Cissna, Rep. Kawasaki, Rep. Edgmon, Rep. Kerttula, Rep. Gara, Rep. Harris, Rep. Holmes, Rep. Olson, Rep. Salmon, Rep. Kelly, Rep. Crawford, Rep. Johansen, Rep. Gruenberg, Rep. Stoltze, Rep. Neuman, Rep. Joule, Sen. Wielechowski, Sen. Dyson, Sen. Davis, Sen. French, Sen. Kookesh, Sen. Ellis, Sen. Menard, Sen. Meyer, Sen. McGuire, Sen. Hoffman, Sen. Stedman, Sen. Huggins, 0, Rep. Thomas, Sen. Stevens, Sen. Paskvan, Rep. Olson, Sen. Bunde, Sen. Wagoner
“Establishing August 7 as Purple Heart Day.”
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On August 7, 1782, General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit to honor military enlisted men and noncommissioned officers. This badge was only awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers then fell to the wayside after the war. In 1932, on Washington's 200th birthday, the United States reinstituted the Badge of Military Merit which was renamed the "Purple Heart."
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