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On Saturday, August 9, 2014, Wilmington will be hosting the Cape Fear Purple Heart Dinner as a tribute to the 80 Purple Heart recipients in our area. The event will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center.
The Purple Heart is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving with the U.S. Military. Established by George Washington in 1782 as the badge of military merit, the Purple Heart’s order includes the phrase, “Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the Purple heart has given his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen.”
The mission of the Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina is to unite communities in honoring Purple Heart recipients and their families, while fostering fellowship among combat-wounded veterans, promote patriotism and encourage the sharing of veterans’ experiences so future generations may know of the sacrifices made by our heroes and their loved ones.
Sponsors are needed to make this tribute possible. All contributions will be solely for the event which will be orchestrated through a volunteer staff of local community members. For the sponsorship levels, please contact the Event Coordinator.
Checks should be made payable to the Cape Fear Purple Heart Dinner and mailed to New Hanover County Veteran’s Council, Attn: Treasurer, 1639 Flounder Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409
Please join us in celebrating our area’s Purple Heart recipients.
Founded in 2009, the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation honors local men and women who fought in all U.S. military conflicts and were bestowed with the Purple Heart medal through an annual dinner. This dinner is held every year the week of National Purple Heart Day and is free for Purple Heart recipients and their families. All are encouraged to buy tickets, enjoy dinner, a speaker, and meet our local heroes.
As the success and popularity of these dinners grew, other cities in North Carolina wanted to participate. The Purple Heart Foundation of NC was established to specifically organize appreciation banquets throughout North Carolina.
The next city to join the effort was Goldsboro with over 65 recipients were honored and more than 400 people attended the first dinner. Additionally, a dinner was held in Winston-Salem and sold out with over 120 Purple Heart recipients honored and over 750 people from the Community attending.