May is also known as National Military Appreciation Month, and Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of the month. Its origins stem from the Civil War taking so many lives in combat, forcing the United States to establish national cemeteries. Individuals all across the country began to honor the fallen soldiers by decorating their grave stones in the springtime.

In 1968, May 30th was officially declared a nationwide day of remembrance for all the service members that have died fighting for our country’s freedom. It was in 1999 when Senator John McCain introduced legislation to designate the entire month of May as National Military Appreciation Month. Today, the tradition has evolved with cities such as New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C. hosting parades that incorporate veterans and current military personnel.

The Purple Heart Foundation recognizes this day of remembrance and will be bringing to light individuals who have made an impact in our nation’s history, by paying the ultimate price for our freedom. Purple Heart Foundation will highlight individuals who have fallen in action, earning the Purple Heart Medal from each of the following wars:


  • World War 1: July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918
  • World War 2: September 1, 1939 – Sep 2, 1945
  • Korean War:  June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953
  • Vietnam War: November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975
  • Iraq War: September 22, 1980 – August 20, 1988
  • Afghanistan War: October 7, 2001 – December 28, 2014


Open Field at Cemetery

Our military men and women selflessly fight to protect our country and they will always be  remembered for their bravery. The Purple Heart Foundation is committed to helping provide assistance to our members of the military, veterans, and families. Nearly 90% of cash donations the Purple Heart Foundation receive provides funds for programs that help the National Service Officer Program, the Scholarship program, as well as other programs. It is our goal to help make the transition from the battlefield to the home front a smooth one for our men and women in uniform who have sacrificed for our freedom. Show your support for them by making a one-time or monthly pledge to make sure they continue to receive the support and benefits they deserve by clicking here.