New town limit signs identify Wake Forest as "Purple Heart Community"

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 12:44pm

The Town of Wake Forest recently installed new town limit signs to mark Wake Forest's corporate limits.

In addition to reinforcing the Town's brand by highlighting the "Town tree," the new signage prominently identifies Wake Forest as a "Purple Heart Community."

In July 2012, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 2012-76 thereby designating Wake Forest as a "Purple Heart Community" - the first of its kind in North Carolina.

Three years earlier, several area residents formed the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation (WFPHF) to plan an annual banquet for Purple Heart recipients and their families. Since then, the annual banquet has honored well over 400 Purple Heart recipients.

The WFPHF is also involved in several other community projects. This year, from Oct. 18-21, the WFPHF is bringing "The Wall That Heals" to E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road. Wake Forest is the only community in North Carolina slated to host TWTH in 2018.

In addition, the WFPHF is partnering with Bright Memorials to install a Purple Heart memorial in the vicinity of Town Hall. The group also sponsors a float in the annual Christmas Parade and works with local veterans organizations to host a monthly flag-raising ceremony to honor deceased veterans.

Due to the efforts of the WFPHF, the North Carolina Purple Heart Foundation was created and now hosts several banquets for Purple Heart recipients across the state. 

For more information about the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation, contact Greg Harrington at gharrington@wakeforestnc.gov.