LITCHFIELD — Senate Joint Resolution 57 was unanimously adopted recently by the Illinois House and Senate. The resolution designates Illinois as a “Purple Heart State,” honoring combat-wounded veterans for their service and sacrifice.
“This act of the General Assembly is a way to honor our Veterans who fought and bled for American freedom and sovereignty,” said Representative Avery Bourne (R). “Their service, sacrifice, and love of country are commendable.”
The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use, and the first award made available to a common soldier.
General George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart for Military Merit, now commonly called the Purple Heart, during the Revolutionary War. General Washington sought to recognize officers for outstanding valor.
The designation of Illinois as a “Purple Heart State” coincides with the newly dedicated Purple Heart Memorial, in Springfield, at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The memorial pays tribute to all Illinois military personnel who were killed or wounded in action and can be seen at in the war memorial section, on the southwest corner of the cemetery.