Eight Gold Star families and 22 Purple Heart recipients from central New York are headed to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor on Thursday.

Organized by CNY Chapter 490 Military Order of the Purple Heart, the bus transporting the group will depart from the New Hartford Shopping Center on Thursday morning at 7:30. CNY 490 MOPH is asking area veterans and civic service organizations to see the bus off at the start of the one-day trip.

In addition to visiting the Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY, the group will tour the US Military Academy at West Point.

The mission of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is to ''collect, preserve and share the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented'', according to a release from CNY 490 MOPH.