Southern Salutes: August 7th is Purple Heart Day.

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By: Michelle Southern

August 7th is Purple Heart Day. It is a day the nation pauses to acknowledge and remember the sacrifices made by brave men and women in the military – whether they were wounded or paid the ultimate sacrifice. A day that commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Today for Southern Salutes, I went with Sammy Hagar’s, “Remember the Heroes,: from his 1982 ‘Three Lock Box’ album. To me this song is a great reminder that no matter what your position on war itself, it’s important to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our soldiers.

This powerful track was co-written by Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and featured vocals by Loverboy singer Mike Reno. The lyrics portray a wounded veteran returning home, then struggling to re-assimilate in a society that doesn’t understand or seem to care what he’s been through.