Our Mission

Since its founding in 1997 as the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Inc, the National Purple Heart Honor Mission has been dedicated to paying tribute to our nation's combat wounded through special outreach and educational programs. The organization was the driving force behind the establishment and later expansion of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor located just north of West Point, NY near historic site where George Washington first awarded the Badge for Meritorious Service in 1782.

The organization also played a significant role in the creation of the Purple Heart Forever stamp passed by the U.S. Congress and issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2014. Today, the National Purple Heart Honor Mission is leading the effort for the minting of an official Purple Heart Commemorative Coin by the U.S. Government.

The National Purple Heart Honor Mission's various awareness and tribute programs aim to ensure that those who sacrificed for our country are never forgotten. Through the expansion of a national Purple Heart Registry, Purple Heart Patriot Project missions, the celebration of National Purple Heart Day and other programing, we engage people of all ages in showing respect for our nation's heroes. The Honor Mission is an approved 501(c)3 national non-profit organization.

Joseph Farina

Joseph Farina, who served with the Genesis group to form the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor since the group formed in 1995, was born on January 26, 1921. A native of Newburgh, N.Y. he attended Newburgh schools graduating from Newburgh Free Academy in 1939. While serving in the military he attended the U.S. Army Morse Code School and attended DeForest Institute in Chicago after discharge from military service. (More)

LtG Donald Hughes

Duty, Honor, Country: those three “hallowed words” are an apt description of the lifetime of service of Lieutenant General James D. Hughes. From his West Point graduation in June 1946 until his military retirement in 1981, and throughout a subsequent civilian career, General Hughes demonstrated these ideals daily. In fact, they guided him through his exceptional record of achievements. (More)

Everett Smith

A native of Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., Everett Smith began a career that has spanned forty-nine years in the newspaper business with the Long Island Daily Press. In 1979 he and his wife Mary founded The Sentinel, a twice-weekly newspaper that serves most of eastern Orange County, N.Y. In 1990 he founded Sentinel Printing Services, Inc., a commercial printing operation. He continues to serve as Publisher of The (More)

Sen. William Larkin

William J. Larkin, Jr., R-C, is now in his 30th year in the New York State Legislature, having served in the Assembly from 1979-1990. He was first elected to the New York State Senate in November 1990, defeating the incumbent by a wide margin. His Senate district includes in Orange County, the city of Newburgh and the Towns of Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Crawford, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Highlands, Monroe, (More)

Officers

  • Richard Lay*

    Chairman

  • Russ Vernon

    Vice-Chairman

  • Thomas Weddell

    Treasurer

  • Edie Meeks

    Secretary

  • Brian Maher

    Executive Director

  • Stephanie Keegan

    Legislative Director

Board of Directors

  • Paul Bucha* **
  • Daniel Clarino*
  • Col. Charles Faro
  • Patrick Gartland
  • George Green
  • James F. Hall
  • Glen Heller
  • William Kaplan
  • Hon. James Kulisek
  • Luke Lyons
  • Jeremy McVey
  • Peter M. Olympia, Jr.
  • Alan Seidman
  • Major Kathleen Silvia
  • Major Kathleen Sileno
  • Col. Darrell Supak
  • Jason Gilliland
  • Felix Garcia III *
  • Beth Jennings
  • Andrew Komonchak

Emeritus

  • Dr. John D’Ambrosio
  • Col. Richard Esau*
  • Joseph R. Farina
  • Lt. Gen. James D. Hughes*
  • Senator William J. Larkin, Jr.
  • Everett Smith
  • * Purple Heart recipient
  • ** Medal of Honor recipient
  • Bill Kaplan

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