Blythewood will celebrate Purple Heart Day on Friday, Aug. 6 with a ceremony at Blythewood Town Hall.

The 6 p.m. event is a tribute to service members who have received the Purple Heart. Town Hall is at 171 Langford Road, just inside the entrance to Doko Park.

The Purple Heart is the oldest U.S. military decoration, created by George Washington in 1782 as the Badge of Merit to honor soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action.” The award faded from use but was revived in 1932 as the Purple Heart and is awarded to service members wounded or killed in defense of our country or during acts of terrorism. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of August as Purple Heart Week and Aug. 7 as National Purple Heart Day.

Learn more about the Purple Heart at purpleheartmission.org.

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