The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New York's Hudson River Valley honors the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The location of the Hall of Honor, on the same grounds as the New Windsor Cantonment, commemorates the awarding of the Purple Heart to 138 local World War I veterans on these grounds in 1932. The Purple Heart is awarded only to those who have been killed or wounded by enemy action and is America's oldest military decoration.
The Hall of Honor is the first in the nation dedicated to commemorating the sacrifices of the more than 1.8 million recipients of this award. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect, preserve and share the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across all conflicts for which the award has been available. One way their history and stories are preserved is through the Roll of Honor an electronic database where visitors can search for Purple Heart recipients, or view a changing selection of Featured Recipients. There are currently over 192,000 names enrolled here at the Hall, and visitors who are recipients, or who know of recipients are encouraged to enroll in the Roll of Honor. Information on enrollment can be obtained by contacting the site.
In addition to the Roll of Honor, there are exhibits chronicling the experiences of recipients and three interactive kiosks where visitors can watch excerpts of videotaped interviews of recipients who are describing their experiences. A film "For Military Merit" provides visitors with the history and significance of the Purple Heart. Special programs and events throughout the year highlight the experiences and sacrifices that have been made by the men and women of America's military.
For more information or to enroll a Purple Heart recipient, please call the site or visit: www.thepurpleheart.com