Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the Banquet honors those wounded in battle. In addition to Purple Heart Medal recipients and their families, the Banquet is open to all veterans and military families.  

Note to Purple Heart Recipients: your invitation will be mailed. If you haven't received an invitation please e-mail:

This year’s Purple Heart Banquet includes entertainment, patriotic tributes and a catered meal. The 2023 banquet saluted more than 50 Purple Heart recipients. Contributions may be made payable to Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, PO Box 168, Wake Forest, NC, 27588. For more details, e-mail

Can’t attend but would like to help? You can sponsor a Veteran for only $30. Click this Donate button to sponsor a Veteran!

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The mission of the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation is to provide a forum for the local community to honor Purple Heart recipients and their families, to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded Veterans, to promote patriotism and to encourage the sharing of recipient experiences so future generations will know of the sacrifices made by Veterans and their families.

Tickets are $30 each. They usually sell out quickly, so don’t delay to order your tickets!

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Our Annual Purple Heart Banquet for 2024 will start at 3:00 PM!

This will be the 15th Annual Purple Heart Banquet and once again, we will be at Richland Creek Community Church. Our Annual Banquet is an incredible way to pay tribute to any recipient of the Purple Heart. A refreshingly patriotic event, anyone in the community is welcome to attend or volunteer at the Banquet. Mark your calendar and make your plans now! Delivering the keynote will be 2024-2025 National President of American Gold Star Mothers, Patti Elliott. AGSM’s membership is composed of mothers who have lost a child while serving or in connection to service in the Armed Services.

Ms. Elliott is the very proud mother of Brad Elliott of Wake Forest, and SPC Daniel “Lucas” Elliott, who was killed on July 15, 2011, in Basra, Iraq. Lucas was an MP in the Army Reserve, attached to the 805th MP CO, located in Cary, NC. In 2009, he volunteered for deployment with the 810th MP CO out of Tampa, Florida, and completed a tour in Iraq. Upon his return, he reattached to the 805th and deployed with the 805th in May 2011. Lucas’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, came to Wake Forest on October 18 – 21, 2018 at the E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, and was open 24 hours a day and was free to the public. The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

Our new The Wall That Heals book commemorates this historic event. Full color with more than 100 pages of photos to help you relive this wonderful weekend. All proceeds go to support area veterans! Hardback 8.5 x 11 inches. $40.00 plus shipping.

15th Annual Purple Heart Banquet

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Saturday August 3, 2024 — 3:00 PM

This Year's Keynote Speaker —

Patti Elliott!