The Orange County Veterans Memorial at Chapel Hill
There is a sense of excitement within the Orange County Veterans Memorial Committee. We have come a long way since we joined with Orange County to build a veterans memorial that honors the men and women who have served us in the service of their county.
There have been a lot of hurdles to pass since the original concept and design for a memorial. We started fundraising in on Veterans Day 2015 and concurrently went to work on a concept design for the Homestead Site. That design was presented to Orange County Commissioners on September 20th, 2016. The commissioners and area veterans toured the site and received a presentation on the design as the commissioners looked out over the site.
Our landscape design architect, David Swanson, explained that photographs were taken of the site to capture the existing trees and then overlaid with drawings of the proposed memorial. This let everyone understand better the retained beauty of the Homestead Site. Here is a look at the site entrance:
The final concept design plan was then presently formally at the Orange County Commissioners Meeting and accepted. Now the project is fully in motion and the committee can formalize project development, site dedication, fundraising, and eventually ground breaking. The site will be dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, at 11 a.m. We look forward to your attendance. Groundbreaking is planned for Memorial Day 2017.
How can you help? Share the story of the Orange County Veterans Memorial with your family, friends, co-workers, business partners and others. Tell them that this memorial will be possible because of their efforts. Be it a dime from a child or thousands of dollars from a business, individual, trust, group, or civic organization, all donations count. Consider a fundraising project at a school, church, or group. If you want to remember, recognize, or salute the thousands of men and women who have served their Country and Orange County, this is how you can do it. North Carolina was first in freedom on May 20, 1775, and North Carolinians have served around the world since then. Make a donation
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We have come a long way since this memorial was originally proposed to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2013. Many veterans and interested parties were there to support the proposal. Russell Edmister and Jams Stallings of the Veterans of Foreign Wars C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 spoke on behalf of the many veterans and veterans’ groups in our area.