By Althea Engman
To honor those who have served, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed a proclamation designating the month of August as Purple Heart Month.
Last week Friday, Governor Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio signed Proclamation No. 2021-54 which recognizes August as Purple Heart Month.
The Purple Heart Award is the oldest U.S. military decoration. General George Washington first gave this award out to soldiers who fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. This award was exclusively an Army decoration and only soldiers could receive it.
Any soldier that sheds blood to defend our nation will automatically be awarded the Purple Heart.
During this month, Guam gives tribute to those who have served and who have shown an immense amount of bravery in fighting for Guam’s freedom.
“We are a community that very much holds sacred our freedom and our peace, and all of you have done tremendously in making sure that that happens, making sure that our families live in an environment that is free, making sure that our people can still go to the religion that they believe in, making sure that we are able to express our opinions and our expressions,” the governor said.
The award is a medal that is a heart-shaped purple badge with bronze edges that depicts a profile relief bust of Washington in the uniform of a general in the Continental Army.
“At the end of the day, your work is about protecting the quality of life for our people and not just here on our island but throughout the whole United States and the world,” the governor said.
This past weekend, with the help of the Military Order of the Purple Heart on Guam, Purple Heart recipients were acknowledged for how much they have fought for our country and Guam’s freedom. There are currently more than 80 recipients of the award on Guam.