The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on July 28 recognizing August 7 as “Purple Heart Recognition Day “in Citrus County. The Purple Heart is a combat award exclusively for those members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are killed, died of wounds or wounded by an enemy instrument of war. The Purple Heart, originally known as the Military Badge of Merit, was established by the General Orders of General George Washington 233 years ago on August 7, 1782 and is now the oldest military decoration in the work in present use. The organization known as the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which is the only congressionally chartered veterans’ organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans, was formed 82 years ago in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of Purple Heart recipients. Over 1.7 million members of the Armed Forces of the United States have been awarded the Purple Heart for their battlefield sacrifices since the first adopted as a combat award by the War Department on February 22, 1932. The Board of County Commissioners pays tribute to all recipients of the Purple Heart for their extraordinary sacrifice and gallantry on the field of battle.