Purple Heart Day
On August 7th, in recognition of Purple Heart Day, Purple Hearts Reunited will host an unprecedented event on the steps of Federal Hall. 8 Purple Hearts from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq will be reunited with the Veteran or the Veteran’s family.
This event would not be possible without the generous help and support from the United War Veterans Council, the Daughters of the American Revolution based in New York City, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York and the New York City Fire Department. Special thanks to our sponsors – Bank of America, BNY Mellon, First Data, Unite US, Donna and Remo Pizzagalli, Joshua G. Parker, 14th Star Brewery, Heroes Vodka, Sword & Plough, Vineyard Vines, Grunt Style, Select Design and Union Street Media.
A fundraising benefit will be held directly following the ceremony at Fraunces Tavern Museum ® (54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004) where members of the community will be able to meet the recipients of the Purple Hearts, hear about the mission of Purple Hearts Reunited, and support the safe journey home of several Purple Hearts that will be on display.The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. The ticket covers appetizers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are on sale now! Space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sarah Corry via email: [email protected] or by phone: 802-734-7715 to purchase your tickets. You may also purchase tickets online by clicking here. Please write “Eight on Seven” in the “in honor of space”. You will not receive a physical ticket. Your name will be on a list at the reception. The downstairs tavern will be open to the general public and non-tickets holders.
Sponsor Event When & Where
Federal Hall (Ceremony)
August 7, 2017 – 5:15 pm
26 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
Fraunces Tavern Museum ® (Reception)
August 7, 2017 – 6:30 pm
54 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004
WWII, 1st Lieutenant Brian Woolley Flavelle
Brian was born in 1914 in Essex County, New Jersey. After receiving a degree and commission from the University of Oregon, he enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps on 14 July 1941. Trained as a B-24 Bomber Pilot, he was assigned to the 512th Bomber Squadron, 376th Bomber Group (Heavy). On 01 August 1943, Brian and his crew of the “Wongo Wongo” were tasked to participate in one of the most daring raids of World War II, Operation Tidal Wave. The mission was the costliest in Air Force history and was the second worst loss ever suffered by the Air Force on a single mission, now referred to as “Black Sunday”. His medal was recently discovered in Oregon and will be returned to his two nephews, Ande & Brian Flavelle of Caldwell, NJ and Watsonville, CA. Read the Rest of Brian’s Story Here
Purple Hearts Reunited Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to return lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families, in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. Founded in 2012 by combat-wounded veteran and active-duty Army officer, the organization has been able to locate and return medals to over 300 military families to date. Our organization returns what is often the last tangible piece of a veteran to his or her family. This is often the solace that is needed for a military family to commemorate their loved one’s service and move on from the pain of his or her sacrifice. We believe all medals should go home to their rightful owners, or be preserved in a special place of honor.
If you have information about the location of a lost or stolen heart or need help locating one, please contact us. Also, please consider donating to support our efforts to reunite veterans and their families with their lost Purple Hearts.