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Today is the anniversary of the Badge of Military Merit. General George Washington created the honor for soldiers wounded in battle.

Badge of Military Merit

It was the first military ward of the American Armed Forces.

It was awarded to three specific soldiers by General Washington, and never awarded again.

The award was the precedent for the modern day Purple Heart, which came into being on April 5, 1917, and is awarded to service men and women who are injured or killed in battle.

Purple heart 2


The front side bears the likeness of Washington,

Purple Heart


the back side says “for military merit”.

Sadly, far too many have been awarded; not that they aren’t deserved, but just that they had to be.

The “staff” at Redneck Latte Ravings honors our military veterans, soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guardsmen, and airmen today, and every day, with a special salute to those who’ve been wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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