Yes, we, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, are committed to serving returning veterans, their families, and our communities. This new Public Service Announcement shares that vision. How about you? Are you ready to join with other veterans to give back to our country? We came home. Some of our friends did not. That is why we serve others. We do it to memorialize the many brave men and women who did not come home or who came home badly injured. It is our sacred duty in their honor.
At a January 2018 District Meeting in Chapel Hill, the many Posts of the district learned more about the Orange County Veterans Memorial under construction in Chapel Hill. An Orange County Veterans’ Memorial ball cap was passed around and $102 was collected. That donation will be doubled by the County Commissioners as part of their matching fund of $15,000.
This county-sponsored memorial honors all who have served their country, but especially Orange County Veterans. Past District Commander Heavlin shared the history of veterans in Orange County and that the county as we know it today is far smaller than originally established. Many do not know that in 1752 Orange County was created from Bladen, Granville and Johnston Counties. Then, over the years, many other counties were formed from parts of the “Old Orange County.” They were “Chatham (1771), Caswell (1777) and Person (created out of Caswell in 1791), and Alamance (1849). Other sections of the old county were combined with parts of other counties to create: Guilford (1771) –which gave birth in turn to Randolph (1779) and Rockingham (1785) — Wake (1771), Durham (1881), and Lee (1907). After all of this, Orange County was just a fraction of its original size.” – familysearch.org
The new memorial will honor them all and just about every Post in District 6. Want to make a donation from your Post? Visit www.orangecountyveteransmemorial.com/donations
“There are two living United States air crewmen who witnessed the atomic bomb explosion on Aug. 6, 1945. One is a member of the primary mission; the other is McGlohon. McGlohon had been giving talks relating to the events of that day for years with no written proof of the participation of the aircraft he was aboard.” The museum is hosting a modern detective story of how Ken Samuelson, with McGlohon’s assistance, proved that McGlohon was there that day. Learn more.
A reminder to all posts that there is a District Meeting at Burlington Post 10607 on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
The start time is at 10 a.m. for the Joint Session. Coffee and social hour begins at 9 a.m. Post 10607 is located at: 634 W Webb Ave, Burlington, NC 27217.
All posts are encouraged to attend the meeting to conduct our district business.
District 6 is very proud to announce district competition winners for both the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Contests for 2017. The winners and their sponsoring posts are:
1st Place Laura Jones Mebane Post 1920
2nd Place Michael Slaton Henderson Post 2417
3rd Place Litao Tu Durham Post 2740
1st place Amelia J Solum Chapel Hill Post 9100
2nd place Maggie McLean Bass Butner Post 10777
3rd place Aaren C Capilitan Durham 2740
District winners receive a certificate and a small award. All first place winners will now compete in a state-wide competition and the winning contestants will compete in the National Finals. We extend our congratulations to all winners and look forward to one or more winning state and national recognition.
Chapel Hill Post 9100 announced recently that Orange County will dedicate the site for the future Orange County Veterans Memorial. The memorial will be constructed off Homestead Road in Chapel Hill above the Seymour Center. Dedication of the site is set for Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, with ground breaking slated for Memorial Day 2017. Fundraising has already begun.
The memorial was originally slated for the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, but the Homestead Road site is more accessible, park-line, and is much larger. Lee Heavlin and Bud Hampton of C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 are on the Veterans Memorial Committee.
What can your post do to support or start a local post fundraising project? The expected cost for the memorial is about $300,000. To donate, click here.
The memorial honors all who served Orange County in defense of their country. That, historically, is a lot more people than one might think. Why? Orange County was established in 1752, some twenty years before our colony became a new nation. Our first combat veterans were the Regulators who fought at the Battle of Alamance. Six Regulators who fought there were hanged in Hillsborough in June 1771, during the War of Regulation. The war is often considered the “catalyst” for the Revolutionary War.
Orange County was carved out of Bladen, Granville and Johnston Counties. Then in 1771 it was downsized again to create part of Rowan County and all of Guilford County. Cumberland and Johnson Counties also joined with Orange County to form Wake County and our southernmost area became Chatham County. Wait, there was more cutting up of the original Orange County. Caswell and Alamance counties were cut out from Orange County in 1777 and then the eastern part of our county was added to land from Wake County to form Durham County. Learn more
We share this with District 6 posts so that all will know that this memorial, although located in Southern Orange County and Chapel Hill, honors them, too. Let’s join together to make it a reality and a District Project.
Visit the Orange County Veterans Memorial website.
With each new post year comes new officers and chairmen to tackle recurring post programs and projects. Does your post have a system to pass along last year’s project files and history? Can you readily determine the sequence of events and who does what and when?
Our programs do not change a lot. Dates change, themes change, but not a lot more. But, what about problems, failures, or successes? What about public relations, key helpers, and contacts? How does your post convey the nuances of post projects, so that you can continue successful programs and make weak programs better?
Project Planning is the answer. There are 12 steps to a successful project plan. They are easy to deal with and, if you follow the steps, you can be successful.
Post Commanders and officers are encouraged to download and review the 12 Steps and Project Planning under Tools, in the District 6 Taskbar above.
A reminder to all posts that there is a District Meeting at the Henderson Post 2427 on Sunday, September 14.
The start time is at 1 pm. to accommodate Department representation. The joint meeting will start at 1 pm.
All posts are encouraged to attend the meeting to conduct our district business. We have some things that need to be decided by the members and not just passed along.
Chapel Hill Post 9100 reports that they are working with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Dramatic Arts. A student is doing research work as part of writing a new play that will be performed in 2015.
Veterans are interviewed and asked two simple questions about their service. Their answers will help bring authenticity to the play.
All District 6 VFW Post members are invited and encouraged to contact the project team to learn more. They may find that this is something of interest to them.
Remember… We put a face on the image and perception of a veteran. Step out of the box and participate. Learn more
If you served, you may be eligible for the Korean Ambassador Peace Medal. The medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to US service men and women who served in the Korean conflict.
To be eligible, the veterans must have served during the Korean War from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.
If a veteran was a Navy service member and had served aboard a naval vessel, then he or she is eligible, if the naval vessel was assigned into Korean
waters during the 1950 to 1953 time frame. You can find this information in the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD 214.
Please note that both men and women are eligible for this medal.
To establish eligibility, you need a signed cover letter and a copy of the Veteran’s Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD 214. The DD 214 need not be certified or notarized. It is recommended you cut out or delete your social security number if it is on your DD Form 214.
The cover letter needs to be addressed to:
Ms. Patricia West
229 Peach Tree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 20303