HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Combat veterans that are recipients of the Purple Heart were honored in ceremonies hosted by the township Tuesday at the Garden of Honor on the grounds of the Municipal Complex, 369 South Branch Road.

Mayor Gloria McCauley welcomed the veterans and the public to the ceremony just prior to a rain storm. A reception was held indoors following the ceremony.

The Purple Heart, the most recognized medal of the armed forces, is awarded to those serving in the armed forces that are injured or killed while serving in combat. It was originally introduced by George Washington as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782. It is the oldest military award given to U.S. military members.

The Purple Heart Monument that resides in the Township's Garden of Honor was dedicated on behalf of Chapter 27 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart at the first Purple Heart Ceremony in 2012.