Some veterans are sitting home on a Saturday morning trying to decide what to do. Should they cut the grass, go shopping, have lunch, or just mellow? It has been a hard week. Not our post members. They are looking at ways to raise awareness of veterans in the Chapel Hill area.
You will find them passing out Buddy Poppies in Downtown Chapel Hill on every Carolina Football home game. Several members will spend hours meeting and greeting college students, out-of-towners, and Carolina Alumni. They hear family stories about fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles and more having served. They start new friendships as they exchange the years of service in Vietnam, Korean War winter stories, and theaters of operation during World War II. Hands are shaken and hugs exchanged. Kids smile and mother’s snap photos. There is a common bond and new Carolina game day memories are born.
The Chapel Hill Post also offers everyone an opportunity to win two season tickets to Carolina Basketball for every home game after the last home football game. Tickets are just $3 or two for $5 and all of the money raised joins Buddy Poppy donations in our Post Veterans Relief Fund. The seats are great seats. Not too high, but just about right. They are seats that give one lucky winner a season of excitement watching Carolina Basketball with family or a friend.
Here’s a picture of Leigh McLeod of Carrboro, NC, who was ecstatic at winning our Tarheel Basketball Season Ticket raffle last year (2013). She is holding two sets of 15 Carolina Basketball home game tickets!
Marv McWherter, our Post Quartermaster, reported last Fall, “When I dropped off the tickets today she was already attired in the CAROLINA sweatshirt. One of her children is a student there, and the other, a senior in high school, has applied for the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy.” Marv takes great delight in delivering the tickets to the annual winner. “I will deliver anywhere in the state, and maybe a little further,” he said.
Are you a Carolina Basketball fan? Then drop by the old downtown Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin Street on any Carolina home game day. We will be there with lots of Buddy Poppies and raffle tickets. You can’t miss us. Just look for our bright canopy. We are the proud Veterans of Foreign Wars members with service caps, big smiles, and warm handshakes. Come on down and support local veterans and our Veterans Relief Fund. And, if you are an eligible veteran, sign up for membership! Make a difference.