The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Orange County, NY reopened on Veterans Day after a $17 million expansion during the last year.
As the nation’s first facility dedicated to recipients of the Purple Heart, the upgraded 7,000 square foot hall features improved visitor access and new and refurbished exhibit space, with an increased emphasis on stories of individual award recipients.
During a dedication ceremony for the new wing Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled a plaque honoring the late New York State Senator William Larkin, Jr., who was instrumental in establishing the Hall of Honor in 2006 and later secured $10 million for its current expansion.
The project added 4,300 square feet of new space to create a new museum wing to upgrade exhibits, improve visitor circulation and provide public gathering space. The galleries/exhibits incorporate integrated audio-visual and media presentations, as well as museum-quality casework for each area with interpretive graphics, locally controlled lighting, touch-screen interactive monitors, and multiple large-format graphic displays.
There are an estimated 1.8 million recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to military personnel wounded or killed by enemy action. The hall maintains a searchable online database of recipients from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa and the Philippines. More information can be found online.
Photo of Purple Heart Hall of Honor provided.