The Orange County Veterans Memorial at Chapel Hill
Our memorial is now on the path to reality. We have started our fundraising program with a special announcement on Veterans Day 2015. Lee Heavlin, Fundraising Chairman, joined Committee Chairman Jim Merritt in announcing the new memorial to local veterans at the Orange County Veterans Day event at the Central Orange Senior Center, Hillsborough.
The Commissioners of Orange County have also approved a prominent site for the memorial at the Southern Orange County Human Resources Complex campus on Homestead Road above the Seymour Center. Our next step fundraising and preparation for formal site design approval. We are working hard preparing for a presentation to the Orange County Commissioners in September. You can follow our progress by following our site news blog. Just click here or on the News Blog icon to the right.
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.
We honor our deceased veterans on Memorial Day. We honor living veterans on Veterans Day. Our Orange County Veterans Memorial will honor all veterans for their service to our country.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been decorating Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery graves for well over 20 years. This photo was taken as the morning sun rose over Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. Local veterans from the Veterans of Foreign Wars C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 had just completed their carpeting of the cemetery for Memorial Day. Members then gathered to hold a remembrance memorial service.
Have you taken time reflect and to remember the sacrifices of our local citizen soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen? There are many interred at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery and it seems like one out of five graves contains a veteran. There are privates, corporals, sergeants, sergeant majors, lieutenants, colonels, generals and admirals laying side-by-side overlooking Fordham Blvd and US 15-501.