There's a growing purple heart along the Columbia River that you might not know about.

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What's The Meaning Behind The Purple Heart In Columbia Park?

My wife and I took a walk along the Columbia River Park Trail and I passed by this purple heart display. I wasn't aware of it. My wife's work is right next to it so she mentioned that she knew about it.

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The purple heart looks a little overgrown but it's winter but the display of purple and a heart-display still came shining through. I took a few photos and I decided to read about the display. It had a great story behind how the display came to be.

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What's The Purple Heart Given Out For?

If you didn't know, the Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed while serving in the military. It's the oldest award in American Military history.

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According to the plague at the display, the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society planted the garden to honor veterans.

Right Along The Columbia Park Trail, Is A Living Purple Heart

The cool thing about the display is that Purple Sage is at the center of the heart and when spring begins, it'll transform into a living purple heart.

If you are walking along the Columbia Park Trail near the YMCA in Richland, you'll spot this amazing display.

The next time you are walking the Columbia Park Trail, be sure to stop by and marvel at this wonderful display.

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