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 Hall of Honor is co-located with the New Windsor Cantonment, so visitors have the opportunity to experience four centuries of American military history. The Hall of Honor is located here to commemorate the awarding of the Purple Heart to 137 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.
As there is no comprehensive list of Purple Heart recipients in existence, the Roll of Honor here is an effort to develop as comprehensive a list as possible. Enrollments are voluntary, and come from recipients, their families or friends. 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 Hall.
The Roll consists of approximately 10% of the estimated total number of awards. However, it has considerable depth and breadth, representing all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa and the Philippines. The Roll of Honor also contains the names of recipients who have served from the Civil War to today.
The gallery exhibits begin by taking visitors through a visual timeline of America's 20th and 21st century conflicts. There is a Timeline Interactive touchscreen which provides information on conflicts from the Civil War through Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), which represents the range of conflicts for which the Purple Heart has been available.
The Main gallery exhibits provide visitors with a more personal history of the Purple Heart through artifacts and in the words of the recipients themselves. These stories are told in graphic panels as well as through audiovisual presentations.
For more information or to enroll a Purple Heart recipient, please call the site or visit: www.thepurpleheart.com