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 special event would not be possible without the support of local Veteran Service Organizations. Special thanks to the United War Veteran’s Council and The Daughter’s of the American Revolution Knickerbocker Chapter for their support.
A fundraising benefit will be held directly following the event 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.
Sponsor Event When & Where
August 7, 2017 – 5pm
26 Wall St, New York, NY 10005
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.