The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) will recognize Illinois Purple Heart Recipients during a ceremony in the Illinois State Capitol rotunda Aug. 7.
The Illinois General Assembly designated Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in the state, to honor those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still awarded to members of the United States military. It was established by General George Washington on Aug. 7, 1782. Initially called the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart is a decoration awarded to any member of the Armed Services who has been wounded or killed while in action.
The Capitol Grounds in Springfield will be lit in purple that night.