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Purple Heart Memorial at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Purple Heart Memorial at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Text is from the monument reads:

Dedicated to all men and women wounded in all our wars.

My stone is red
for the blood they shed.
The medal I bear
is my country's way
to show they care.
If I could be seen
by all mankind
maybe peace will
come in my lifetime

Erected by the Department of Maryland Military Order of the Purple Heart.

1782 Military Order of the Purple Heart 1932
The dates correspond to the establishment of the Badge of Military Merit by George Washington, August 7, 1782, and the date the actual Purple Heart award was established (1932).

As with the actual medal, a bust of George Washington is present on a purple heart, framed in gold. At the base of the monument are the emblems of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps., the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Merchant Marines

Photos were taken by WW2HQ staff with permission of Aberdeen Proving Ground.