Purple Heart Recipients To Be Honored
By Mike Barnhardt
They served their country honorably.
They came home with broken and missing limbs, gunshot and shrapnel wounds. And memories of war.
They are Purple Heart recipients, and on Aug. 3, they will be honored.
It’s not a showcase to put them in front of a crowd, but a celebration in their honor, said Meta Johnson of Mocksville, one of the volunteers helping organize the event at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
Johnson’s brothers – Mike and Steve, both Vietnam War veterans – got the idea started some five years ago in Raleigh. It has grown yearly, and this year has expanded to the Piedmont, the second largest concentration of Purple Heart veterans in the state.
She said it is a family tradition to support the military and honor veterans. There is no charge for the Purple Heart recipients – and a special part of the evening will be a time for them to talk with one another.
There will be a dinner and entertainment by the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus.
Purple Heart recipients who want to attend can call Johnson at 751-2411, or the Davie Veterans Service Office at 753-6225. Families of deceased Purple Heart recipients can also participate.
“We just want these men and …