On Purple Heart Day, we honor our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guard Guardsmen who have endured immense suffering to earn the Purple Heart. We also pay tribute to the families whose loved ones have been awarded the Purple Heart through their ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

On Aug. 7, 1782, the Purple Heart was established by George Washington during the Revolutionary War and was the first award made available to a common soldier to recognize outstanding valor or merit. 

There are approximately 1.7 million Purple Heart recipients in our nation's history and the City of Palm Coast appreciates them.

At the Aug. 6 City Council meeting, a proclamation was presented to show support for Purple Heart recipients (photo below). City Hall was also illuminated with purple lights that could be seen from Central Park.