Press Release

Press Release Locations across Massachusetts to Honor Purple Heart Day

For immediate release:
  • Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Media Contact for Locations across Massachusetts to Honor Purple Heart Day

Anthony Preston, Director of Legislative and Media Relations

BostonTonight, several buildings and bridges across the Commonwealth will be illuminated in purple in recognition of the nation’s oldest military decoration. Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed August 7, 2019 as Purple Heart Day in Massachusetts in observance of National Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who has been wounded or killed while serving in the line of duty. 

In honor of this military tradition, several landmarks around the Commonwealth will be illuminated in purple light this evening including: 

  • Prudential Center, Boston
  • Boston City Hall, Boston
  • Government Center Station, Boston
  • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston
  • Longfellow Bridge, Boston/Cambridge
  • Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, Worcester/Shrewsbury 

“Not every soldier came home from battle. For those that did, some came back with a physical reminder that freedom is not free,” said Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña who is also a Purple Heart recipient. “DVS would like to thank our private and public partners for recognizing those wounded in battle, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this great country.” 

“As a Purple Heart recipient it is heartwarming to see places across Massachusetts honor those who proudly wear this medal,” said Military Order of the Purple Heart State Service Officer Kurt Power.  “Join me in thanking all those who help make this day what it is— a day of observance for those who gave some, and some who gave all.” 

The Purple Heart was created by General George Washington in 1782 to recognize exemplary military service. General Douglas McArthur reestablished the medal in 1932. The medal is made of a purple cloth cut in the shape of a heart with the word “Merit” sewn upon it.  

The Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) advocates on behalf of the nearly 365,000 veterans in Massachusetts and their families.



Media Contact for Locations across Massachusetts to Honor Purple Heart Day

Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services 

The mission of the Department of Veterans’ Services is to advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth’s veterans and provide them with quality support services and to direct an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and their dependents who are in need.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

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