Flag for federal facilities and memorials proposed to honor Purple Heart recipients

Lisa McLean
March 19, 2020 - 11:07 am
New Purple Heart flag bill proposed

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Over one million military service members have been killed in combat, millions more have been wounded. 

Hoping to honor that sacrifice U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-NY., recently announced the Purple Heart Flag Bill. The legislation would require the flag be flown at federal facilities such as war memorials, VA hospitals, and national cemeteries and other federal buildings. It would be required by congressional law to be flown on specific days of the year such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Purple Heart Day, Veterans Day and other days to be considered.

Senior Vice Commander Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter #187, Russ Ward, a Purple Heart recipient, said he introduced the idea to Rep. Higgins. 

Higgins said, "patriots wishing to assist in this lobbying effort to have Congress pass the Purple Heart Flag Act into law, all are encouraged to call their congressional representatives to support H.R. Bill #5237."

"Americans need to be reminded of the sacrifices our veterans have made. Raising the Purple Heart Flag would provide a visual reminder of the wounds our warriors endured and the soldiers who have laid down their lives to uphold the liberties this nation was founded on and continues to hold dear," said Higgins.

Ward said he felt it was important that veterans know their sacrifices are honored with this flag.

The flag would feature the seal of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and be centered on a purple field.

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