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Memorial Day 2015 was one to remember.
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Purple Hearts Reunited has had a busy few weeks.


To honor Memorial Day 2015, PHR teamed up with a group of fourth- and fifth-graders, traveled across a half-dozen states, hiked a mountain in Vermont, and returned three Purple Hearts to military families who had made the ultimate sacrifice.

PHR made it into the national spotlight with a featured float in the American Veterans Center's National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC, the largest Memorial Day parade in the country. Purple Hearts Reunited had a beautiful float, and was graced with the presence of a living veteran whose medal we returned in 2013, and the family of the first veteran whose Purple Heart we ever returned. We were joined by Miss District of Columbia 2014 Teresa Davis and country singer Beau Davidson, who performed on the PHR float. Thank you to our generous Purple Hearts Reunited sponsors: Perrywinkle's Fine Jewelry, 14th Star Brewing, and Merchants Bank.

 

On May 21, Purple Hearts Reunited surprised Paul Pike of Worcester, VT, by presenting him with his second cousin's lost Purple Heart from WWII. The ceremony was planned to coincide with the elementary school's Memorial Day event.
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PVT Daniel Quinlan's lost medal was among the original 137 Purple Hearts awarded to WWI heroes on May 28, 1932. It was returned to Quinlan's gravesite and the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on May 22. Read more.
Sponsored by Semper Fi Parents of Hudson Valley, New York.
May 30 was a day to honor PFC Cedric Laraway. Laraway's 74-year-old daughter joined us for both a Memorial Hike and medal return ceremony. Read more.
Sponsored by NBT Bank.
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Of course... we will never forget the Memorial Day week that brought PHR founder Zachariah Fike's beautiful daughter into the world. Welcome to the family, Emily, and congratulations to the Fikes.

Emily was born on the same day that the original Purple Heart medals were awarded... only 83 years later.

 
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