Military MeritNewburgh, NY (May 8, 2024) – During Memorial Day weekend, in honor of those who serve(d) in the US Military, come to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site for these special activities: 

The lecture, From Badge of Military Merit to Purple Heart, will be presented on Saturday, May 25th at 2pm.  General George Washington, while headquartered in Newburgh, created the Badge of Military Merit on August 7th, 1782.The Badge, the first award of its kind to honor enlisted personnel, evolved into the Purple Heart, an award given today to military personnel, officers and enlisted, wounded or killed in the defense of our country.

On Saturday and Sunday, learn about Secret Messages.  General Washington used a variety of secret messages to convey information back and forth with spies. All ages can try your hand at deciphering coded messages just like those in General Washington’s spy network.

The grounds, Museum and historic Hasbrouck House are open on Wednesday through Saturday from 11am until 5pm and Sunday from 1pm until 5pm. Tower of Victory tours will also be available, weather and staffing dependent.

These activities are free with admission.  Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors/students and children 12 and under are free. (Cash and checks only). 

For additional information, call 845-562-1195.


Contact:  Elyse B. Goldberg | | 845-562-1195