The first and most honored combat decoration in America's
military history is the Purple Heart. General George Washington
established the award in 1782 as a simple piece of cloth cut into the
shape of a heart. The distinctive medal we know today was authorized 150
years later, in 1932, on the 200th anniversary of Washington's birth.
Considered to be the most beautiful of all U.S. decorations, the
heart-shaped medal bears the silhouette of George Washington and the
Washington family coat of arms. It is recognized around the world.
Today, the Purple Heart is awarded to all branches of the
military as well as to civilian nationals of the United States, "for
military merit as a result of wounds received in action against a hostile
foreign force," including international terrorism or military operations
while serving as part of a peacekeeping force. Many Purple Hearts are
awarded posthumously. Some attest to lifelong scars and lasting pain. All
are worn with pride.
It is with enormous gratitude for the
personal sacrifice of America's Armed Forces that the Purple Heart Tribute
.45 has been created. Each genuine, functional Colt .45 is individually
numbered in a strictly limited edition of only 250.
The design reflects the quiet dignity of the Purple Heart
medal. Working with America's finest craftsmen, commissioned especially
for this project by America Remembers, each Colt .45 is polished and decorated in 24-karat
gold. Both sides of the slide pay tribute to those proud Americans who
have served their country. The left side shows a portrait of George
Washington surrounded by scrolls and oak leaves (the military designation for
additional medals awarded), symbolizing the thousands of medals awarded.
The right side features the American Flag. The hammer, safety lock, slide
stop, mag catch and grip screws are heavily plated in genuine 24-karat
gold, dramatically offset by the pistol's black matte finish frame. The
checkered rosewood grips are inset with a cloisonne medallion bearing the
date the medal was established, 7, August, 1782.
No Finer Tribute
There has never been a finer tribute to those deserving men and women of
the U.S. Armed Forces who sacrificed life and limb for their country and
the cause of freedom. For the collector, the veteran, as a memorial or
tribute, for those who served their country and sacrificed, The Armed
Forces Commemorative Society dedicates The Purple Heart Tribute Colt .45.
Thousands of Purple Hearts have been awarded. Only 250 individuals will
ever own this historic tribute. Reserve yours today and display it
Handsome Display Case
To display and preserve this fine firearm, a luxuriously lined
display case is included.
The Purple Heart Tribute Colt .45 is issued by a
private, non-governmental organization to honor America's Armed Forces.
Nothing in the decoration added to the basic firearm (including the
informational content therein) is used as a trademark.
Neither the United States Army, United States Air Force, United States
Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard nor any other
component of the Department of Defense has supplied, approved, endorsed,
or authorized this product or any portion thereof.