It’s a tradition for the Veterans of Foreign Wars to remember the dead in our town. We start by decorating the graves at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery at daybreak on Saturday. We are joined by local scouts and private citizens to form a group of about 20-30 people. At 8:00 a.m. we hold a memorial service. followed by a no-host breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant.
We are very proud to proclaim that we have been decorating the graves of veterans in Chapel Hill for many, many years. We will continue that tradition this year and pay special tribute to our local World War II veterans.
On Saturday, May 25th, 2019, we will gather at 6:30 a.m. to put large flags on the graves of each veteran at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. This will be followed by our traditional 8 a.m. ceremony at the cemetery plaza. We’ll have extra flags for family members who join us, especially those with unmarked veteran’s graves.
We will take a few minutes to remember why we don’t celebrate Memorial Day (it’s a day of remembrance). Our small ceremony has drawn larger crowds each year and we hope that you will join us. Everyone is invited to join us and Scouts from the many Chapel Hill Troops attend each year. This is a “teaching moment.” Why not come on by and bring your children and grandchildren.
After our ceremony at 8 a.m., attending veterans will join together for a no-host breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant near New Hope Commons.
On Monday, May 27th, 2019, the post would normally return for an additional Memorial Day service, but this year we are beginning a new tradition. We will not hold an event at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Monday. Instead, we will join with the other veterans at the new Orange County Veterans Memorial at 2501 Homestead Road (above the Seymour Center). There will be a ceremony that begins with the hoisting of the colors by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard. Be sure to arrive by 7:40 to be seated for honors and the ceremony.
There will also be a Motorcycle Rally and Tour marshaled by the Blue Knights. It starts with “Kickstands Up” at 9 a.m. Motorcycle Riders will assemble in the upper Seymour Center parking area before 7:30 am and join the v veterans for the ceremony. The Motorcycle Tour includes a ride through Orange County and Hillsborough and ends at the American Legion Post No. 6 at 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill.
The American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6 will hold an open house on Monday, May 27th, 2019. The doors open at 10 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Motorcycle Riders are expected to arrive at the post at about 10 am. Bring your cameras.
The American Legion’s memorial service is followed by a concert by the Chapel Hill Village Band. The concert starts at 12:30.
Grilled Hot Dogs and cold water will be served courtesy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.