Purple Heart Hall of Honor opens [Repost]

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.


Soldiers honored, memorial unveiled at Purple Heart Medal ceremony

By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. – Four Soldiers from the NY Army National Guard sat on a park bench in the peaceful surroundings of a beech tree grove one sunny August afternoon. The quiet setting seemed in sharp contrast to the explosive combat of Iraq where the Soldiers were wounded several months ago.