Salute to Service
Military Order of the Purple Heart
“As you travel the Purple Heart Trails, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices that have been paid for our nation’s freedom.”
The Purple Heart is specifically a combat decoration and it is our nation’s oldest military medal. It was first created by General George Washington in 1782 and was known as the Badge of Military Merit. It was first awarded to three soldiers in Newburgh, N.Y. The Badge of Military Merit was made of cloth and it is the predecessor of the Purple Heart medal.
John Footman is the Region 5 Chief of Staff. Footman states “We like to honor cities and entities who dedicate efforts to support all Veterans”
Currently Harker Heights, Killeen
Coppers Cove, and Belton are Purple Heart Cities in the Central Texas Area.
Channel 10 KWTX is only Purple Heart Station in the United states and Texas A&M Central Texas is a purple heart college.