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National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

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Address
374 Temple Hill Road Route 300
New Windsor, NY 12584
Latitude 41.471504
Longitude -74.05899

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New York's Hudson River Valley honors the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The Hall of Honor is co-located with the New Windsor Cantonment, so visitors have the opportunity to experience four centuries of American military history. The Hall of Honor is located here to commemorate the awarding of the Purple Heart to 137 local World War I veterans on these grounds in 1932. The Purple Heart is awarded only to those who have been killed or wounded by enemy action and is America's oldest military decoration.

The Hall of Honor is the first in the nation dedicated to commemorating the sacrifices of the more than 1.8 million recipients of this award. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect, preserve and share the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across all conflicts for which the award has been available. One way their history and stories are preserved is through the Roll of Honor, an electronic database where visitors can search for Purple Heart recipients, or view a changing selection of Featured Recipients.

As there is no comprehensive list of Purple Heart recipients in existence, the Roll of Honor here is an effort to develop as comprehensive a list as possible. Enrollments are voluntary, and come from recipients, their families or friends. Visitors who are recipients, or who know of recipients are encouraged to enroll in the Roll of Honor. Information on enrollment can be obtained by contacting the Hall.

The Roll consists of approximately 10% of the estimated total number of awards. However, it has considerable depth and breadth, representing all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa and the Philippines. The Roll of Honor also contains the names of recipients who have served from the Civil War to today.

The gallery exhibits begin by taking visitors through a visual timeline of America's 20th and 21st century conflicts. There is a Timeline Interactive touchscreen which provides information on conflicts from the Civil War through Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), which represents the range of conflicts for which the Purple Heart has been available.

The Main gallery exhibits provide visitors with a more personal history of the Purple Heart through artifacts and in the words of the recipients themselves. These stories are told in graphic panels as well as through audiovisual presentations.

For more information or to enroll a Purple Heart recipient, please call the site or visit: www.thepurpleheart.com

Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sundays, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Please call ahead and speak to site staff for our Holiday Schedule, (845) 561-1765.

    President's Day
    Monday February 19, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Easter
    Sunday April 1, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be closed in observance of Easter.

    Memorial Day
    Monday May 28, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Independence Day
    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be open 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Labor Day
    Monday September 3, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be closed in observance of Labor Day

    Columbus Day
    Monday, October 8, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be closed in observance of Columbus Day

    Thanksgiving
    Thursday, November 22, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving

    Christmas
    Tuesday, December 25, 2018
    The Hall of Honor will be closed in observance of Christmas
     
    New Year's Day
    Tuesday, January 1, 2019
    The Hall of Honor will be closed in observance of New Year's Day

     

The gallery exhibits begin by taking visitors through a visual timeline of America's 20th and 21st century conflicts. There is a Timeline Interactive touchscreen which provides information on conflicts from the Civil War through Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), which represents the range of conflicts for which the Purple Heart has been available.

The Main gallery exhibits provide visitors with a more personal history of the Purple Heart through artifacts and in the words of the recipients themselves. These stories are told in graphic panels as well as through audiovisual presentations.

For more information or to enroll a Purple Heart recipient, please call the site or visit: www.thepurpleheart.com

Sun 17 Jun
Children’s Activity: Make Your Own Badge of Military Merit
Sunday, June 17, 2018 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will host the “Making your own Badge of Military Merit” activity on Temple Hill as part of the New Windsor Cantonment’s Children’s Day festivities. Children will learn about the important place of the Badge of Military Merit in the history of the modern Purple Heart while making their own personalized version of the Badge of Military Merit.
Sat 28 Jul
65th Anniversary of the Korean Cease-Fire
Saturday, July 28, 2018 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

This program will commemorate the cease fire of 27 July 1953. The agreement stipulated that all firing would cease at 10:00 p.m. on that day, with the long-term goal of establishing a permanent peace. While the fighting ended on that date, no peace treaty has ever been signed. Details to be announced.
Sun 05 Aug
Purple Heart Appreciation Day
Sunday, August 5, 2018 02:00 PM
National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
(845) 561-1765

Details to be announced.

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