Resolution J1375-2013

Designating New York State as a Purple Heart State



  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  designating  New  York  State as a Purple Heart

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New  York,  who
have  served so valiantly and honorably in our nation's wars, as well as
in the preservation of peace in peacetime, deserve a special salute from
this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to designate  New  York
State as a Purple Heart State; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Purple Heart Medal is the oldest military decoration in
the world in present use, and is awarded in the name of the President of
the United States to members of the United States military who have been
wounded or killed in action; and
  WHEREAS, On August 7, 1782, during the  American  Revolution,  General
George  Washington  issued  an  order establishing the Badge of Military
Merit to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers; consist-
ing of a heart made of purple cloth, the Badge  of  Military  Merit  was
distinctive because it was open only to enlisted men; and
  WHEREAS,  Although  not  continued  after the American Revolution, the
Badge of Military Merit was later renamed the  Purple  Heart  and  rein-
stated  by  the  United  States  War  Department,  now the Department of
Defense,  on  February  22,  1932,  the  200th  anniversary  of   George
Washington's birth; and
  WHEREAS, The Purple Heart has been awarded to nearly two million Amer-
icans who have been wounded in battle or killed in action; and
  WHEREAS,  As  Americans,  it  is our responsibility to ensure that our
history is documented and reverence is  given  to  our  war  heroes  who
served this great Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  The  freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come at a
very high price for those serving in the military;  it  is  fitting  and
proper  that  we,  who are the beneficiaries of the courage of those who
risk their lives, leaving their families behind,  express  our  appreci-
ation  and  eternal  gratitude for their sacrifices and courageous acts;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
designate New York State as a Purple Heart State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the  Military  Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New


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