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.