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25 January 2012

Wear Your (Purple) Heart on Your Sleeve

wear one's heart on one's sleeve and have one's heart on one's sleeve
Fig. to display one's feelings openly and habitually, rather than keep them private.
                                                                ~the Free Dictionary 
"...to remind me of letting go of feeling separate from others and all forms of life expressing itself in this time and place that I find myself."

Done in #11 beads this pendant is 3" X 2"

I am compiling this post today in dedication to the Purple Heart Recipients.  It seems to me that most older War Veterans will not and do not acknowledge their service in public.  In this day and age of understanding and acceptance we strive to Acknowledge the Vietnam Veteran, who has Hidden themselves for Many Many years.  NOW we have Boys coming home, excuse me... Young Men and Women Returning to their homeland with War Wounds again.  We Acknowledge them so much better than we did back then, and this is GOOD! 
Please know, that when we do see you in the Grocery or out in Public, and when you are displaying your veteran status in some way... That we Will say,
"Thank You and Welcome Home"
and that you should Proudly Display that Cap, Sticker, Key Chain, T-shirt, or whatever it may be that displays your Veteran Status and/or your Military Affiliation.  Please note that the Purple Heart Badge "For Military Merit" should be included in that display if you have been awarded that.  Let us know, so that we may Recognize you and Thank you properly. 
That being said, I am posting some information on the Purple Heart Award.  Many people may not truly understand what it is.  Included are sections from the military historical site and you can read more here:

A purple heart within a gold border, 1 3/8 inches wide, containing a profile of General George Washington. Above the heart appears a shield of the Washington Coat of Arms (a white shield with two red bars and three red stars in chief) between sprays of green leaves. The reverse consists of a raised bronze heart with the words “FOR MILITARY MERIT” below the coat of arms and leaves.

The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by General George Washington by order from his headquarters at Newburgh, New York, August 7, 1782. The writings of General Washington quoted in part:
“The General ever desirous to cherish a virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military Merit, directs that whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. Not only instances of unusual gallantry, but also of extraordinary fidelity and essential service in any way shall meet with a due reward".

During the early period of World War II (7 Dec 41 to 22 Sep 43), the Purple Heart was awarded both for wounds received in action against the enemy and for meritorious performance of duty. With the establishment of the Legion of Merit, by an Act of Congress, the practice of awarding the Purple Heart for meritorious service was discontinued. By Executive Order 9277, dated 3 December 1942, the decoration was extended to be applicable to all services and the order required that regulations of the Services be uniform in application as far as practicable. This executive order also authorized award only for wounds received.

Executive Order 11016, dated 25 April 1962, included provisions for posthumous award of the Purple Heart. Executive Order 12464, dated 23 February 1984, authorized award of the Purple Heart as a result of terrorist attacks or while serving as part of a peacekeeping force subsequent to 28 March 1973.

This brings me to the main point of Today's post... I am making this New bead pattern that I developed, available for anyone to make for the Veterans.  Please DO NOT Sell or distribute this Pattern and give credit where credit is due.  It can be done as a medallion/pendat as I did in prototye, or made as an amulet pouch, or as a patch to use on a shirt, jacket or cap.  I am sure the experienced beader will know what to do with it ;) Enjoy! 
This pattern was Developed in Honor of Sgt David Wilkinson who contacted me about my military combat ribbon beadwork and asked about adding in something for the Purple Heart. It can be done in Brick, Peyote, or Comanche style stitches. You should be able to right click on the picture and save.

Much Love and many Prayers