Tickets still available for Saturday banquet.
by Jonathan McNamara
WAKE FOREST — Each year, members of the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation recognize area soldiers and veterans who have earned a Purple Heart, and their families.
Honored for being wounded or killed in battle since 1917, the foundation will hold the event Saturday, at 5:30 p.m. at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Tickets are still available and are $15 apiece.
The event includes dinner and recognition for all Purple Heart recipients in Wake and Franklin counties, as well as the surrounding areas.
Purple Heart recipients who have died will be represented by family members. Last year, more than 50 Purple Heart recipients and families attended the event.
This year, World War II veterans, regardless if they’ve earned a Purple Heart or not, will also be saluted.
The guest speaker is Command Sgt. Major Francis Debois, a Purple Heart recipient, who currently serves in the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg. His deployments include Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Korea and Iraq. His most recent service was deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom from February to September of last year.
In order to make the evening possible, donations and sponsorships are needed to foot the cost, which totals $12,000-$15,000. Novant Health has agreed to be the grand sponsor.
Sponsorships and donations may still be made. Checks should be made payable to the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 168, Wake Forest, N.C. 27588.