Purple Heart Hall Of Honor In Orange County Will Close For A Year

(New Windsor, NY) -- Construction is now underway on a 17-million-dollar expansion of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Orange County.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Monday, adding the expansion will include over four-thousand square feet of new and refurbished exhibit space. The facility opened in 2006, and is the first facility in the nation dedicated to the estimated one-point-eight-million recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to American military personnel who have been wounded or killed by enemy action.

"Starting Nov. 15, the Hall will be closed during construction. An accelerated construction schedule will allow the facility to reopen by November 2020. During this period, the adjacent New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site galleries will also be closed. However, the Cantonment grounds will continue to be open year-round and site events will continue including President's Day weekend and costumed living history from April through October. During construction, a temporary exhibit about the Hall will be located at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. A traveling display will also be on exhibit at the New York State Fair and at other locations across the state."

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