The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Monday, April 22, 2013, and approved the re-petition of our Veterans Memorial at Chapel Hill. During the next two years the Veterans Committee reformed, and started work on preparing for fundraising.
In May 2015, we combined our efforts with Orange County to provide recognition to and honor veterans throughout Orange County. The Commissioners of Orange County approved a prominent site for the memorial at the Southern Orange County Human Services Complex campus on Homestead Road above the Seymour Center. This is an outstanding location with a large area for the memorial that is protected by an umbrella of historic trees.
We have come a long way since this memorial was originally proposed to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2013 by then Councilman Jim Merritt. Many veterans and interested parties were there to support the proposal. Russell Edmister and James 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.
Our Veterans Committee now includes representation from many local veterans groups, university veterans, and Orange County Commissioners and support from both the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department and Orange County Recreation Committee.
Where are we today? We officially kicked off the fundraising phase at the Orange County Senior Center in Hillsborough on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015. We welcome your donation and hope that you will make one today.