Lost Purple Hearts returned to families of dead soldiers

NEW YORK (AP) – The families of seven dead U.S servicemen have gathered in New York to receive lost Purple Heart medals their loved ones had earned in four wars.

An eighth veteran was present for the ceremony at the historic Federal Hall on Wall Street on Monday, National Purple Heart Day.

The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited has made it its mission to track down misplaced medals. Founder Zachariah Fike says as many as five are found each week across the country.

Seven of those medals returned Monday went to men who served in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The eighth was presented to Daniel Swift, a firefighter injured by a roadside bomb in 2004 in Iraq as a member of the New York Army National Guard.

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