On August 7, Purple Heart Day, the nation pauses to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by brave people in the military.

The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed because of enemy action. A Purple Heart is a solemn distinction and means a service member has sacrificed themselves, or paid the ultimate price, while in the line of duty.

According to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, more than 1.8 million Purple Heart medals have been presented to members since the award was created in 1782.

On Purple Heart Day, honor those who have received the Purple Heart medal. Post 178 has numerous veterans who are Purple Heart recipients. Post 178 is proud to be a “Purple Heart Post.’