Each banquet has its own special tributes and sense of honor; however, all dinners follow a similar agenda. A typical dinner includes:
The purpose of the Banquet is to honor those who have shed their blood for our Country. As a result, we do not ask them to speak – simply relax and enjoy being in the presence of their Purple Heart peers, family, friends, and the community-at-large.
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. We 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.
Founded in 2010, Purple Heart Foundation honored local men and women who fought in all U.S. military conflicts and were bestowed with the Purple Heart medal.
Purple Heart Foundation ultimately became the nonprofit known today as Purple Heart Foundation of North Carolina. Purple Heart Foundation of NC is an all-volunteer organization established to organize appreciation banquets throughout North Carolina. These dinners are held every year during the month of August as National Purple Heart Day takes place on August 7th.
As the success and popularity of these dinners grew, other cities in North Carolina wanted to participate. The most recent cities to begin hosting annual Purple Heart Dinners are Raleigh/Durham.
Historically, Purple Heart Dinners have honored Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star Mothers, and the families of those killed in action, missing in action or prisoners of war. After several recent Purple Heart Dinners, the board received feedback from Gold Star families across our state that there was interest in recognizing and honoring ALL immediate family members of our fallen heroes. With that, we organized the first statewide Gold Star Family event. It was held in Durham on August 27th, 2022. All Gold Star families received complimentary tickets and they were supported in person by our generous sponsors as well as the public. It was an incredibly successful dinner honoring almost 90 Gold Star families with over 700 people in attendance.
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These impressive dinners are free for Purple Heart recipients and their families. We also honor and provide complimentary tickets to Gold Star Mothers and a direct family member of an individual killed in action.
However, all are encouraged to buy tickets as the dinners are open to the public! The Foundation wishes to encourage the public to get involved and attend in a show of appreciation by enjoying dinner, a speaker, and fellowship in meeting our local heroes.
Purple Heart recipient (US Army Col. – retired)
Exec. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Purple Heart Recipient
Former Region IV – MOPH Commander
(7 states and Puerto Rico)
Board Vice Chair, Sandhills PH Dinner
Executive with Joseph C. Woodard Printing Company
Vice Chair – Goldsboro/Wayne Purple Heart Dinner
Vice Chair – Sandhills Purple Heart Dinner
MOPH Department of NC State Commander
Chair – Goldsboro Purple Heart Foundation, (US Navy Seabee Veteran)
Board Chair, Army Veteran, Business Owner
Sheriff, New Hanover County
State Office – Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)
Region IV – MOPH Commander
(7 states and Puerto Rico)