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Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Purple Heart Day is also known as National Purple Heart Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Purple Heart Appreciation Day.
The holiday was first observed in 2014, is considered an unofficial observance meaning that businesses, government offices etc. do not close on this day.
How Purple Heart Day is Observed
States, Counties, and Cities pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of their local sons and daughters as do sports and entertainment entities.
Major League Baseball teams pay homage to their local Purple Heart recipients during special pre-game and 7th inning ceremonies.
Veteran and military organizations hold remembrance meetings for fallen heroes and special events to thank soldiers, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients on this day.
The Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, recommends donating time and money to the foundation or to other organizations working with Purple Heart recipients.
People take the time to listen to soldiers and veterans and learn more about their life stories and their military service.
American flags are flown at homes and businesses.