purple-heart-ornament.jpgOrange County, N.Y. - When Orange County Tourism was invited by the decorating firm that trims the First Family's home in Washington, D.C. to submit a travel-themed ornament for a White House Christmas tree, it was an easy choice. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor was selected because the site represents American veterans throughout our nation's history.   The museum's director, Anita Pidala, enthusiastically provided the ornament, a glass ball embossed with a large image of the Purple Heart Award, which now hangs on the West Wing lobby's holiday tree. The same ornament can be purchased in the gift shop at the museum in Orange County, New York.  "It may be an Orange County museum, but our ornament represents veterans from all over the United States," remarked Susan Hawvermale, Director of Tourism. "We are delighted to be part of the White House Christmas display." Orange County Tourism is the official representative of the industry for the area. The organization works with I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism in the state.

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Contact:  Mary Ann McCarthy (845)615-3860

mmccarthy@orangecountygov.com