On Tuesday, the Arizona Senate passed unanimously a resolution, proposed by Rep. Bob Thorpe, making August 7, 2016 Purple Heart Day. H.C.R. 2025 “resolves that the members of the Arizona Legislature support efforts by Arizonans to honor Purple Heart recipients and the families of fallen recipients.”
The Resolution states that the Purple Heart, created by George Washington in 1782, is the oldest military decoration in the United States in present use and describes conditions for receipt of the Purple Heart. The Resolution also states that there have been 1.7 million Purple Heart recipients in United States history, including many from Arizona.
Thorpe stated, “The Purple Heart bill was brought to me by our Arizona veterans in order to honor our Purple Heart recipients each August 7, along with the national observation.”