Purple Heart Community & Trail

Purple Heart banners on lamp posts on Davie Road

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Davie Mayor Judy Paul and the Davie Town Council adopted a resolution that recognized the Town of Davie as a Purple Heart Community. In February 2014, the Davie Town Council officially designated Davie Road as a Purple Heart Trail. This year, banners are being added in the downtown area to honor the Purple Heart recipients.

The Town of Davie appreciates the sacrifices that our Purple Heart recipients have made in defending our freedom, and it is only fitting to acknowledge them for their courage and show them the honor and respect that they have earned. Mayor Paul said, “It is our duty as Americans to honor, respect, and acknowledge the heroic actions of the men and women who carry the Purple Heart distinction.” Mayor Paul indicated the purpose of the Purple Heart Trail is to create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges, and other monuments. It serves as a reminder to those who use the road system that others have paid a high price for their freedom to travel and live in a free society.

Purple Heart Award Information

The Purple Heart is a combat decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces, who die or become wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy. The Purple Heart is also awarded posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action. The Purple Heart was initially created as the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington in 1782, and is the first American service award or decoration made available to the common solider. It is the oldest military decoration in present use. The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart” was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. It is the only veteran’s service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans. The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill among the combat-wounded veteran members and their families, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and most importantly, make sure that Americans never forget to recognize the price that servicemen and servicewomen have paid for our nation’s freedom.