By Tech. Sgt. Mike R. Smith, National Guard Bureau
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. – Thousands of people, including members of the National Guard, gathered under a bright autumn sun here Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, to dedicate a lasting tribute to the nation’s recipient of the Purple Heart Medal.
Active duty, Guard and Reserve members, past and present combat veterans and their families, and political dignitaries gathered to dedicate the $6.5 million National Purple Heart Hall of Honor with patriotic speeches, traditional music, tours, a ribbon-cutting, and a fly-over by Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters.