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Purple Heart Medal recipients invited to ceremony

By Staff | Feb 27, 2019

The city of Sanibel will recognize the members of the community who are Purple Heart recipients on March 5 at 9 p.m. in the Sanibel Council Chambers at City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road.

Mayor Kevin Ruane and the Sanibel City Council invite all residents and visitors who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal to come and be honored. Family members of individuals who have received a Purple Heart medal are also welcome to attend.

The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military. In 1782, President George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit as the country’s first military decoration and the predecessor of the Purple Heart. Washington designed the original award as a badge in the form of a cloth purple heart. Before 1782, most military awards were presented only to officers for grand victories in battles. The Purple Heart was one of the first awards in military history to also be presented to enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers for their outstanding service.

In 1932, Army General Douglas MacArthur developed the current design of the Purple Heart medal in conjunction with the bicentennial of Washington’s birthday.

Upon honoring the Purple Heart recipients, the Military Order of the Purple Heart will present a plaque to Ruane and the council designating Sanibel a “Purple Heart City.”