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.  

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This year’s Purple Heart Banquet includes entertainment, patriotic tributes and a catered meal. The 2022 celebration 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



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.

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14th Annual Purple Heart Banquet

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.

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Saturday August 5, 2023 — 5:30 PM

This Year's Keynote Speaker — Jessica Lynch!

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WE ARE BACK! Our Annual Purple Heart Banquet is Back for 2023!

This will be the 14th 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 and her compelling first-hand story will be Purple Heart recipient, former 507th POW, and honored guest, Jessica Lynch.

Jessica Lynch is a former United States Army Private First Class (PFC) and a former prisoner of war. On March 23, 2003, she was serving as a unit supply specialist with the 507th Maintenance Company when her convoy was ambushed by Iraqi troops. Lynch was seriously injured during the attack and taken prisoner by Iraqi soldiers. Ten US soldiers were killed in the ambush. Seven other soldiers were wounded. Lynch’s subsequent recovery by US Special Operations Forces on April 1, 2003, was the first successful rescue of an American prisoner of war since World War II and the first ever of a woman.