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The first merit badge was created by Gen. George Washington in 1782. It was to recognize meritorious service in combat. Later it was known as The Purple Heart.

It was said that George Washington kept a book of merit and wrote down the names of those who did good things above and beyond the call of duty.

The mission of the Proper Mountain Woman Club is to celebrate merit! Let this patch be a reminder to you to go above and beyond in your daily duties - and to celebrate the merit!

3” wide.

Merit Patch (Purple Heart)

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