Purple Heart Memorial

 © Photographed July 20, 2015
Erected 2012 by Janesville Patriotic Society*
Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin
42.692027,-89.03126
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PURPLE HEART
The "Badge of Military Merit" is America's oldest military decoration. It was established by General George Washington on August 7, 1782, at his headquarters at Newbury-on-the-Hudson [sic] in New York. The award fell into disuse following the Revolutionary War and was not proposed again officially until after World War I.

The Purple Heart is the only decoration that attests -- without question -- to the bearer having been in combat and one that an individual cannot be recommended for.

The Purple heart [sic] is presented to those who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. It recognizes the contribution that these brave men and women gave to this country.
The memorial is located Veterans Plaza at the north end of Traxler Park, and is accessible from Traxler Park Road, north of its intersection with Hyatt Street, Janesville, Wisconsin 53545.

*NOTE: Member organizations of Janesville Patriotic Society include American Legion Post No. 205, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1621, and Gold Star Mothers.


 The memorial is part of Veterans Plaza / Medal of Honor Veterans Walkway.

The memorial is located at Traxler Park in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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