Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Addresses Veterans and Officials
At National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
Formal Announcement Made of Commemorative Coin
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney came to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor this week and announced the official passage of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act. The coin, which will be minted and produced right nearby at West Point will be sold, and the proceeds will be directed back to the National Purple Heart Honor Mission to be used for projects and programs that raise awareness about its activities, and its program to bring as many as possible of the millions of Americans that have received a Purple Heart recognizing them for sustaining wounds in combat, to come and visit the site and its museum.
Many officials and veterans were present at the event as well as Pat Larkin, the wife of recently deceased Bill Larkin. Maloney praised Larkin who was very influential in the creation of the site and also in gaining funding that allows it to expand so it can continue to pay tribute to the memory and sacrifices of all our servicemen and women who were wounded or killed in combat. The most recent allocation includes $10 M for additional expansion. Executive Director of the Program, Brian Maher spoke of the Hall of Honor’s future plans. The ceremony also praised the Genesis Group which completed the original mission of creating the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor which included Veteran’s Advocate Joseph Farina, Sentinel Publisher Everett Smith, and LTG James Donald Hughes.
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act passed unanimously in the House, with the support of 307 cosponsors.