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  • When the medal touched the palm of my hand, I felt an inner motivational driving force like no other. Had he been shot? Stabbed? What has this man been through? What had he experienced to receive this medal? I stare in amazement at the heroic emblem he placed before me. Its golden outline and purple core shone bright with the strength and passion of its beholder. The veteran that stood before me had won six Purple Heart medals for his sacrifices.

    When this man looked me in the eyes and expressed his belief in me, I knew I had to make this project into something no one would ever forget. There was something about him I felt a strong connection with that constantly drove me to create this memorial. He was a real American hero who seemed fearless about almost everything in life, and that greatly inspired me. As I shook his hand and felt the confidence he had in me as he handed me the medal, I knew I was about to embark on a journey that would change my life.

    For over one year, I worked day and night on the design, management, coordination, and implementation of a memorial commemorating the service of the heroic men and women who have given everything to protect our nation and freedoms and received a Purple Heart emblem for their actions. It began as what seemed to be a small endeavour, but it had soon exploded into a project like no other. It became more than a project. It was a way of believing, seeing, breathing, and living. I was amazed by the impact it had on so many people, especially my military consultant who was a local Purple Heart veteran. He had graciously given me his very first Purple Heart medal to use as inspiration during the project. I wanted to help people, especially him, by doing this project to give back for what he and all of our veterans have done for our country.

    Without people like him in our world, America would not exist.
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