CHARLOTTE – Dale Beatty and John Gallina, founders of Purple Heart Homes, will participate in the Patriot Festival’s Go The Extra Mile 5K Run/Walk May 30 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.
Beatty and Gallina are Iredell County residents who were wounded in 2004 while serving with their N.C. National Guard unit in Iraq. Beatty lost part of both of his legs, and Gallina suffered traumatic brain injury when a bomb exploded under their Humvee. They founded Purple Heart Homes to help other disabled veterans from any war with housing needs.
Festival organizers also will recognize both men as Hometown Heroes during the festivities, which last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features live music, a kid-fun area, military vehicles, fire trucks and special military maneuvers throughout the day.
Register for the 5K and the “Go the Extra Mile” challenge online at www.runforyourlife.com/events and www.sportoften.com/events.