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