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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) -

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Saturday proclaiming each Aug. 7 Purple Heart Day. All citizens will be encouraged to observe the day and actively participate in honoring those wounded or killed in combat.

The bill also declares Georgia a Purple Heart State to honor our state's wounded veterans for their service and sacrifice.

Gov. Deal said, "It is because of the bravery, dedication and sacrifice of our veterans that we are able to call Georgia home. The service and commitment of these men and women are unparalleled and worth of praise. This legislation provides us with a platform to express our sincerest gratitude."

The Purple Heart began as the Badge of Military Merit, established by Gen. George Washington. The Purple Heart itself has been awarded to U.S. military personnel killed or wounded in action since World War I.

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