Photo By: Lance Cpl. Jose A. Mendez Jr.
The Purple Heart is one of the most recognizable and respected medals presented to members of the armed forces who have been wounded or killed by an enemy while serving in the military. Purple Heart Day is observed annually to remember and honor the sacrifices made by these military members.
General George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit on August 7, 1782 as a combat decoration for the Army and Army Air Corps. Douglas MacArthur, former Chief Staff of the Army, changed its name to the Purple Heart in 1932. Later in 1942, President Roosevelt expanded the criteria to include those who were wounded or killed as a result of enemy action.
- President John F. Kennedy is the only president with a Purple Heart.
- Army Lt. Annie G. Fox became the first woman to receive a Purple Heart in 1942.
- The Purple Heart is the oldest award still presented to service members.
Honor the Sacrifice
Remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by donating your car to our charity partners that benefit military and veterans.
The Military Family Advisory Network was made by military members and families for military members and families. MFAN connects families to the information, resources, and people needed to successfully navigate military life.
Donating your vehicle is an easy way to support any organization. Car Donation Wizard will return 75-80% of the gross proceeds from the sale of your vehicle to our charity partners.
On this year’s Purple Heart Day, honor those who served by donating your vehicle online or calling us at 877-957-2277.