11.08.19

WITH VETERANS DAY WEEKEND UPON US, SCHUMER INTRODUCES NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HONOR MISSION COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT; ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO ORANGE COUNTY’S PURPLE HEART MUSEUM’S HONOR MISSION, PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE AMERICAN HEROES WHO SACRIFICED ALL TO DEFEND OUR FREEDOM

New Windsor’s National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor Celebrates The Lives Of All Those Soldiers, Sailors & Air Force Personnel Who Received Purple Hearts 

Schumer Announces Introduction Of Bipartisan Legislation To Create Commemorative Coins To Pay Respect To Heroes Awarded Purple Hearts & Benefit National Purple Heart Honor Mission

Schumer: It’s The Bravery & Valor Displayed By Purple Heart Recipients That Makes Our Nation The Greatest On Earth

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced the introduction of The National Purple Heart Honor Mission Commemorative Coin Act to the Senate. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Schumer and Senator Kevin Cramer [R-ND]. Specifically, it would require the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and 50¢ clad coins in honor of New Windsor’s National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and in honor of all the soldiers—past and present—who have fought bravely to defend American freedom and been wounded or killed in action. All proceeds from the sale of the coins will contribute to the National Purple Heart Honor Mission. Schumer said that passing the legislation would be a fitting tribute to the roughly 1.8 million recipients of the Purple Heart who sacrificed so much for their country, and called on his colleagues in the Senate to pass it as soon as possible.

“The Purple Heart is the symbol of the bravery and profound physical and emotional sacrifice our service members pay for our freedom. 237 years after the very first Purple Heart was issued by George Washington here in New York, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor resides near the United States Military Academy and historic Hudson River, nestled in the neighboring New Windsor,” said Senator Schumer. “While we honor our injured and fallen heroes each and every day, in the run-up to this Veterans Day, I am proud to introduce The National Purple Heart Honor Mission Commemorative Coin Act in the Senate, which would support this organization’s worthy mission of remembering all those soldiers who sacrificed so much to defend their nation. This legislation would create a fitting tribute to the men and women of our armed forces that have received Purple Hearts—for it was their perseverance and unceasing commitment that has made the United States the greatest country on earth—and it should be passed immediately.”

Schumer explained that the design of the coins minted under The National Purple Heart Honor Mission Commemorative Coin Act would embody the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, which is to “collect, preserve, and share the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.” Furthermore, their design will be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury, after discussion with the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Purple Heart Honor Mission, Inc.

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, headquartered in New Windsor, NY and founded in 1997, is a national registry that pays tribute to all of the U.S. military service members who were wounded or killed in combat. The museum is run by the New York-New Jersey Palisades Interstate Park Commission, and is located on the Hudson River a few miles north of where President George Washington awarded the very first Purple Heart, then called the Badge for Meritorious Service, in 1782.

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