In addition to aspects of Washington‚Äôs original design, the new Purple Heart also displays a bust of Washington and his coat of arms. The Order of the Purple Heart, the oldest American military decoration for military merit, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who have been killed or wounded in action against an enemy. It is also awarded to soldiers who have suffered maltreatment as prisoners of war.
It’s estimated that since 1932 there have been approximately 1.8 million Purple Hearts awarded to members of the armed forces. It’s one of the most recognized and respected medals to be received.