The text of the resolution below is as of Jul 25, 2003 (Passed the Senate).
SCON 40 ES
S. CON. RES. 40
Whereas the Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit, commonly known as the Purple Heart, is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use;
Whereas the Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to members of the Armed Forces who are wounded in conflict with an enemy force, or while held by an enemy force as a prisoner of war, and posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces who are killed in conflict with an enemy force, or who die of a wound received in conflict with an enemy force;
Whereas the Purple Heart was established on August 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington issued an order establishing the Honorary Badge of Distinction, otherwise known as the Badge of Military Merit, or the Decoration of the Purple Heart;
Whereas the award of the Purple Heart ceased with the end of the Revolutionary War, but was revived out of respect for the memory and military achievements of George Washington in 1932, the 200th anniversary of his birth; and
Whereas the designation of August 7, 2003, as ‘National Purple Heart Recognition Day’ is a fitting tribute to General Washington, and to the over 1,535,000 recipients of the Purple Heart Medal, approximately 550,000 of whom are still living: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress--
(1) designates August 7, 2003, as ‘National Purple Heart Recognition Day’;
(2) encourages all Americans to learn about the history of the Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit and to honor its recipients; and
(3) requests that the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to conduct appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to demonstrate support for the Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit.
Passed the Senate July 25 (legislative day, July 21), 2003.
S. CON. RES. 40
Designating August 7, 2003, as ‘National Purple Heart Recognition Day’.