The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor will get a $10 million expansion.

Governor Cuomo announced that the expansion will include, a new wing with enhanced and interactive exhibits and galleries, improved pedestrian circulation throughout the Hall, public gathering space, increased programming, a redesigned entrance, improved accessibility, native landscaping, more convenient parking and several walkway improvements.

The Hall of Honor is the first in the nation dedicated to commemorating the sacrifices of the estimated 1.8 recipients of the award. The new expansion will allow the Hall of Honor to collect, preserve and share more stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across all conflicts for which the award has been available. Final designs of the expansion are expected to be complete by next year with construction beginning in 2020.

The Hall of honor is located on the same grounds that were both occupied during the final months of the American Revolutionary War and later in 1932, when the first Purple Hearts were awarded 137 local World War I veterans.

Governor Cuomo said:

New York is proud to honor the brave men and women who have fought to protect the freedom and values and to provide further recognition to those wounded in combat while defending this state and this nation. We honor our veterans and their families this Veterans Day, these enhancements to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor will serve to forever honor the courage and accomplishments of all service members.