City Life Org – Landmarks Across New York State To Be Lit Up In Honor Of Purple Heart Day

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that landmarks across New York State will be illuminated purple on Sunday, August 7, 2022 to commemorate Purple Heart Day.

“Today, the Purple Heart represents the immense cost and sacrifice our service members have made through their military service to our state and our nation,” Governor Hochul said. “New York State is forever indebted to all who served and received the Purple Heart. Today and every day, we honor and recognize their service.

On August 7, 1782, at headquarters in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington ordered the creation of the Military Merit Badge, ancestor of the modern Purple Heart, the first military decoration of what would become the United States of America. . . The modern Purple Heart was later recognized on April 5, 1917.

Viviana DeCohen, director of the New York State Division of Veterans Services, said: “We remember these service members who served with distinction and their sacrifices to protect the freedoms and way of life that we Americans and New Yorkers are privileged to have by virtue of their service. It is both our privilege to commemorate their military service and our responsibility to recognize the physical and mental sacrifices that result.

Anita Pidala, Director of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, said: “Today, August 7, 2022, is the 240th anniversary of the creation of the Military Merit Badge, the inspiration for the modern Purple Heart Medal. Please join us in observing Purple Heart Appreciation Day remembering and thanking all Purple Heart recipients to ensure that those who sacrificed for our freedom are never forgotten.

Landmarks to be illuminated in recognition of Purple Heart Day include:

  • A global trade center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • National education building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate and Exhibit Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • The “Franklin D. Roosevelt” Mid-Hudson Bridge
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Airport Entrance Gate
  • The Lake Placid Olympic Jump Complex
  • MTA LIRR – East End Gateway to Penn Station
  • Empire State Square

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