August 7 Honors Our Nation's Recipients
Today the Purple Heart is awarded to military service members who are killed or wounded in combat action with the enemy, or who suffer maltreatment as prisoners of war. It is a badge of honor, bestowed on those who endure a great sacrifice on behalf of a grateful nation. Here are the figures for purple hearts distributed by war:
- World War I: 250,000
- World War II: 962,403
- Korean War: 137,023
- Vietnam War: 351,078
- Persian Gulf War: 614
- Afghanistan: 19652
- Iraq War: 35405
Locally, we are working to honor our Purple Heart veterans by designating the Town of Wakefield as a Purple Heart Community. Through the efforts of the Wakefield Veterans Advisory Board, Wakefield will honor its Purple Heart recipients in a ceremony later this year.
We honor all of the Purple Heart recipients in Melrose Wakefield and Saugus in addition to those brave men and women living and passed that hold the distinction in the Commonwealth and across the country.