PARRIS ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Dozens of veterans and loved ones gathered around the Purple Heart Monument on Parris Island for a special Purple Heart Day Ceremony, honoring all of those wounded or killed in battle.
During the ceremony, a wreath was placed at the Monument in memory of all of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Veterans raised the money to put this monument on base three years ago, but the Purple Heart dates back to 1782.
"It goes back to George Washington to when he gave an order as commander to create a military order merit made out of purple cloth in the shape of a heart and he gave this for courage and valor in the Revolutionary War," said Glenn Blackburn, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Beaufort.
Then in 1932 it was made an official combat decoration and is now the oldest military combat decoration used today by the U.S. armed forces.