Purple Heart Reunion Picnic

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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.

This Year's Speaker

First Lieutenant Patrick C. “Clebe” McClary III, USMC (Retired)

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Known to thousands as “Clebe McClary,” he is an American hero. During the Vietnam War, while some of his contemporaries were staging anti-war protests and desecrating the United States Flag, the Lowcountry native was serving as a platoon leader in the First Reconnaissance Battalion. On the battalion’s 19th patrol, the unit was attacked by the Viet Cong. Lieutenant McClary was seriously wounded, losing his left arm and left eye, yet he continued to lead his men. The numerous surgeries and long recovery period which followed could have taken a bitter toll, but he faced his rehabilitation with characteristic determination. In the years since, Lieutenant McClary has become a symbol of courage and hope to the many audiences around the world with whom he has shared his story.

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.


Saturday August 7, 2021 — 11:30 AM–2:00 PM

Hosted by the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, the picnic 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.  For more information see the EVENTS page.  

Note to Purple Heart Recipients: your invitation has been mailed.  If you haven't received an invitation please email: info@WakeForestPurpleHeartFoundation.org

This year’s Purple Heart Picnic includes entertainment, patriotic tributes and a catered meal. The 2019 celebration saluted more than 80 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