Sierra Sun Times: “Purple Heart Day” Resolution to Honor Soldiers Wounded or Killed in Service Adopted in California Senate

Friday, July 21 2017

Sacramento, CA – The  State Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 55, authored by Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton), to commemorate August 7, 2017 as “Purple Heart Day” in the state of California. “Purple Heart Day” honors the brave men and women who have been wounded or killed in battle. SCR 55 was adopted in the Senate with enthusiastic bipartisan support.

“As a veteran of the United States Army, I felt it was important to commemorate the service of not only the soldiers who were wounded or gave their lives in defense of our nation but also, to commemorate the sacrifices made by the families of those soldiers,” said Newman.  “On August 
7th , and every day, we honor Purple Heart soldiers and their families who made such sacrifices to preserve our freedoms and protect our national security.”

The Purple Heart award, which traces its origins all the way back to the Revolutionary War, is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces who, while serving, has been wounded or killed in the defense of our country.....(read full text)