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Gen. George Washington, saying "instances of unusual gallantry...shall meet with due reward," devised a merit badge that later became one of the country's highest military honors. On this Memorial Day Weekend, Morning Edition host Bob Edwards examines the origins of the Purple Heart, as part of NPR's Present at the Creation series.

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