Photo: Veterans at National Purple Heart Day ceremony.
The Town of Belmont will honor and observe National Purple Heart Day on Friday, August 7 at 10 a.m. at the new Belmont Veterans Memorial at Clay Pit Pond off Concord Avenue and across from Belmont High School.
Residents of Belmont, veterans and their family members and in particular all of those who are Purple Heart recipients are invited to attend this special event.
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States armed forces who are wounded by an enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action.
Chartered by Congress in 1958, the Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although membership is restricted to the combat wounded, the organization supports all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.