The mission of the Triangle Purple Heart Dinner is to unite the community in honoring Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star Mothers , 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.

The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington – then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army – by order from his Newburgh, New York headquarters on August 7, 1782. The Badge of Military Merit was only awarded to three Revolutionary War soldiers by Gen. George Washington himself. General Washington authorized his subordinate officers to issue Badges of Merit as appropriate. From then on, as its legend grew, so did its appearance. Although never abolished, the award of the badge was not proposed again officially until after World War I.

“Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the Purple Heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen.”

The Dinner has its own special tribute and a sense of honor and follows a simple outline. includes:

  • Pre-Dinner Reception: This time of fellowship is reserved for the honorees to gather and take photos.
  • Walk of Honor: Each honoree is introduced while walking through a saber salute comprised of JROTC cadets. They are presented with a gift as their military branch, years of service, & their war era(s) served is announced.
  • Proclamation by the Mayor and Chair of the County Commissioners for each honoree.
  • Keynote speaker 
  • Presentation of Colors by Color Guard
  • Music by local /groups/choirs
  • Great food!

The purpose of the Dinner 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.