On August 10th the Museum of Military History of Osceola County will celebrate Purple Heart Day, and is inviting the public to join them. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will be conducted by museum staff and the 463rd Air Cadet Honor Guard.

National Purple Heart Day is August 7th, and is a day set aside for the nation to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices made by brave men and women in the U.S. military. The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving in the U.S. military, and is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war.

According to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor located in New Windsor, NY, more than 1.8 million Purple Heart medals have been presented to service members since the award was created in 1782 by General George Washington.

The Museum of Military History is located at 5210 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.