The Medal With A Heart
“The Medal with a Heart” by Karen Kulinski. ISBN 978-1-945306-89-1. Copyright 2018. Hardcover 40 pages.
Every medal tells a story of bravery, hard work, and great achievement. But few people know how one of America's greatest military awards, The Purple Heart, came to be. The Medal with a Heart tells this story, and it begins in 1782 when General George Washington created this Badge of Military Merit made of purple silk and silver thread, and fashioned into a heart shape. With this badge Washington established a policy of formal recognition of soldiers’ heroic contributions, rather than recognizing only officers’ actions. In 1932, this award became the Purple Heart displaying George Washington’s profile. Though aimed at children, this is a story for all ages.
Printed in the USA
Today the Purple Heart medal is heart-shaped with a gold border, approximately 1.5 inch (35 mm) wide, containing a profile of General George Washington. Above the heart appears a shield of the coat of arms of George Washington (a white shield with two red bars and three red stars in chief) between sprays of green leaves. The reverse consists of a raised bronze heart with the words FOR MILITARY MERIT below the coat of arms and leaves. This medal is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard) who was wounded or killed for the United States.