The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New York's Hudson River Valley honors the men and women who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The Hall of Honor is co-located with the New Windsor Cantonment, which was occupied by the Continental Army during the final months of the American Revolutionary War. The Hall of Honor is located here to commemorate the awarding of the Purple Heart to 136 local World War I veterans on these same grounds May 28, 1932. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded by enemy action and is America's oldest military decoration.
The Hall of Honor is the first in the nation dedicated to commemorating the sacrifices of the estimated 1.8 million recipients of this award it is believed there have been since its creation in 1932. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect, preserve and share the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across all conflicts for which the award has been available. This is best demonstrated through the Roll of Honor, an electronic database where visitors can search for Purple Heart recipients or view a changing selection of Featured Recipients. The Roll of Honor can be viewed at the Hall of Honor or on-line at www.thepurpleheart.com.
As there is no comprehensive list of Purple Heart recipients in existence, the Roll of Honor is an effort to develop as comprehensive a list as possible. Enrollments are voluntary, and come from recipients, their families or friends. Visitors who are recipients, or who know of recipients are encouraged to enroll in the Roll of Honor. Information on enrollment can be obtained by contacting the Hall.
Although it is only a fraction of the estimated total number of awards, the Roll of Honor has considerable depth and breadth. It currently contains recipients from all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa and the Philippines. The Roll of Honor also contains the names of recipients who have served from the Civil War to today. For more information or to enroll a Purple Heart recipient, please call 845-561-1765 or 877-284-6667, or by visiting the website: www.thepurpleheart.com.
THE HALL OF HONOR GALLERIES:
The Galleries take visitors through the entire Purple Heart Journey:
THE PURPLE HEART JOURNEY INTERACTIVES
Throughout our galleries there are Purple Heart Journey Interactive stations which follow featured recipients throughout their Journey: From entering service, to the day of the incident, during care and treatment, on the road to recovery, or to the ultimate sacrifice. Visitors will experience this journey through stories, letters, documents, images, audio and video clips of Purple Heart recipients sharing their stories. In addition, there are Personal Story cases highlighting six extraordinary Purple Heart recipients.
For more information, please see the Collections Exhibits link on this page
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sundays, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Please call ahead and speak to site staff for our Holiday Schedule, (845) 561-1765.
WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGINS
This gallery features stories, interactives, images and a short film about deployment. It represents the path from entering service, through training and deployment as well as the following features:
THE ROLL OF HONOR
Visitors may sit at one of the six computer stations and access The Purple Heart Roll of Honor by engaging with our interactive computer database. The Roll of Honor is an ongoing work in progress, as there is no comprehensive list of Purple Heart recipients. The Roll of Honor does represent all 50 States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, the Philippines and the District of Columbia. There are recipients from the American Civil War through today.
THE DAY OF THE INCIDENT
This gallery features cases highlighting the day of incident through images, documents, letters and personal recollections of Purple Heart recipients.
CARE AND TREATMENT
This area presents images, documents, stories and artifacts highlighting the nature of care and treatment of the wounded over our Civil war through today timeline.
ROAD TO RECOVERY
This area provides the visitor to learn about how recipients deal with the long-term consequences of their injuries.
This gallery area commemorates Purple Heart recipients who have lost their lives due to enemy action.