In recognition of National Purple Heart Day (August 7) we held an unprecedented event within the historic walls of Federal Hall. Eight previously lost Purple Heart Medals were reunited with the family members of seven deceased Veterans and one living Iraq War Veteran, Dan Swift.
Themed as “Eight on the Seventh” (8-7-17), this day honored families who represented our nation’s heroes from World
War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam War, and the War on Terror. The location of the ceremony was historically
significant as it marks the site where the founding father of the Purple Heart, President George Washington, was sworn
in as the first President of the United States on April 30, 1789. A fundraising benefit was held at Fraunces Tavern ®
following the ceremony where guests were serenaded by the talented Gyda Arber Sabaugh and Elysia Segal. Guests
enjoyed a decadent cake donated by the Cake Boss, which looked almost too perfect to eat.
The days leading up to the event were filled with excitement for our families. From interviews on Fox and Friends to
Story Corp, the media coverage was extensive, and the families handled it with grace. The families were honored with
applause at the New York Stock Exchange thanks to our friends at the United War Veterans Council and their Execu-
tive Director, Mark Otto. Our friends at the FDNY guided the families to the sites of New York City, including one of our
favorite firehouses, Engine 54/Ladder4/Battalion 9. “Eight on Seven” was certainly a once in a lifetime experience for
the families involved. They share a unique bond and unforgettable memories that will last forever.
The event would not have been possible without the support of the United War Veterans Council, the Daughters of the
American Revolution based in New York City, the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York and the New York
City Fire Department.
Special thanks to our sponsors – Bank of America, BNY Mellon, First Data, Unite US, Donna and Remo Pizzagalli, Josh-
ua G. Parker, 14 th Star Brewery, Heroes Vodka, Sword & Plough, Vineyard Vines, Grunt Style, Select Design and
Union Street Media.
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