Family of World War I vet accepts Purple Heart medalPosted: Updated:
The family of a wounded World War I veteran accepted a Purple Heart in his honor today at a ceremony in New Windsor. The event took place at 11:11 a.m. at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Temple Hill Road. The time marks the exact moment in 1918 when an armistice ended the first World War. Beatrice Dower Bernhardt received the medal on behalf of her father, Sgt. Maurice Dower. She said he had previously been given an award for merit, but never the Purple Heart, because it didn't exist until 1932. "I wish he could be here to get this in person," she said. More than 1.7 million veterans wounded or lost in combat have received the Purple Heart, and 46,000 servicemen and women have been injured since 2001.