On this day in 1782, General George Washington created the Purple Heart. The Continental Congress had forbidden General Washington from granting any promotios or commendations to recognize merit. Washington felt strongly that some token should be given, so his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit.
It was not until the 20th Century the name of the badge became The Purple Heart. The entire design changed except the shape – it remained in the shape of a heart. In the center of the purple heart is a profile of George Washington to honor him for creating it.
Why not blue, green, or yellow?
Obviously, yellow stands for cowardice, so that color is automatically eliminated. Does it matter that purple was chosen for this great badge of merit?
I think so.
The color purple combines the calm stability of blue with the fierce energy of red. It’s a color known for royalty, nobility, pride, peace, devotion, grandeur, dignity, wisdom, creativity, and power.
A moderate shade of purple can brighten a mood, calm the mind and nerves, enhance the sacred and bring about a general state of confidence. I always feel more confident when I wear dark purple.
If a hue is too bright, it suggests you are wealthy and gives an air of royalty.
A light purple is delicate. If you are interested in romance, light purple is a perfect color. It conjures up nostalgia and whimsy.
If the purple is very dark it can convey feelings of depression, gloom, sadness and frustration.
Yes, a moderate shade of purple is the perfect color for the purple heart. Brave acts of heroism should behonored in some small way.
We appreciate our military and the purple heart is just one way to let them know how much we hold them in high esteem for the sacrifices they make to ensure our freedom here in the United States of America. ❤