Purple Heart Day

Pacific Paratrooper

"Wounded Warrior" painting by: US Marine Michael Fay “Wounded Warrior” painting by: US Marine Michael Fay

On this date in 1782, in Newburgh, New York, General George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged in silver, with the word Merit etched.  It was to be presented for any one meritorious action and it permitted the wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge.   The honoree’s name and regiment were to be inscribed in “The Book of Merit.”

Purple Heart certificate given during the Korean War

Purple Heart certificate given during the Korean War

Only three soldiers are known to have been awarded this medal during the Revolutionary War: Elijah Churchill, William Brown and Daniel Bissell Jr.  The Book of Merit was lost and the medal was virtually forgotten.  In 1927, General Charles Summerall  sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to revive the Badge.

Patch for Afghanistan

Patch for Afghanistan

General Douglas MacArthur took up the cause…

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Do we—‘Learn’—to use our own—free will to do—what Laws—expects us to—do? How are the differing views—values and expressions—the hopes and beliefs—of ‘common folk’—found and drown—round ‘quitting time’—treated—completed—continued and amended—and silenced by ‘rich and powerful folk’—financed singularity—at birth—medicine’s front door—at school bells ringing—turning outward-in—free will—printed freedom—and outside thought—bent-broken-borrowed-lost-stolen—and lost inside—those white spaces between black ink and rhyme.

And! Government’s attempt—bureaucracy unkempt—silence speaks—dissociated reeks— difference cannot conform—still quiet—whispers-tipsters—non-conformity—forms-reforms—for awhile—then dies–then born—borne again…The shackled ones—the voice of whispers—more often—than strong—and still the—force of believing—hopes—dreams-of-dreams-to-be—for you—for me—as we—bend stolen—force circles—square—upside down—triangular word-forms—to line front—row deep—peoples’ steep—not freedom’s song—wrong—and different views—all right—tonight!

Have ‘we-the-people’—been reduced through the use—of different styles of—repression and by another—birth-song of propaganda right-to-left—or less—by ‘hurling’ those same—shape shifting lies—toward receptive walls—or through fear—silenced. Slogans and words—‘right-fight or-left right’! Walls built—world’s tilt—from rain-to-silt-to-mud and either—rivers’ run or islands—rise again…”God and Country First”—people make and people take—no gain—just pain—red blood flow—children grow—adapt…

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