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Eight Things You Need to Know About the Purple Heart Medal

On August 7, Purple Heart Day, the nation pauses to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by brave men and women in the military.

The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military. According to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, more than 1.8 million Purple Heart medals have been presented to service members since the award was created in 1782.

In honor of Purple Heart Day, here are eight facts about the history of the Purple Heart Medal and its recipients.

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