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Yanceyville Receives National VFW Award

Yanceyville VFW Post 7316 received the VFW National Outstanding Community Service Award, along with 61 other posts. Post 7316 was the only North Carolina Post to receive the award: there are about 6400 VFW posts across the country and some foreign posts as well. The awards were given out at a luncheon where the Nation Commander-In-Chief spoke.

 

Post 7316 was recognized because of all the things done for the community in Caswell County by the local VFW Post. A major, continuing local project is the design and construction of 28 ramps for the elderly, handicapped, and Veterans built in 18 months. Keith Newcomer is the post member that has chaired the ramp project and he has been a tremendous help.

 

The post also does Veteran funerals, co-sponsor Memorial Day and Veterans Day, several members deliver Meals on Wheels, do the colors at high school graduation, several members are also on the committee to build a County Veteran’s Memorial also. The post also works with the middle school and high school with the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests and many small things to make our community better, we help promote patriotism across Caswell County.

 

Also at the VFW National Convention in Kansas City was Trace Adkins in concert. Convention speakers for the convention included Harris Faulkner from Fox News, Lt. Colonel Ollie North-National Rifle Association President, and the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

 

After the awards luncheon and business sessions on Tuesday Keith Newcomer and Post 7316 Commander Fred Smith, along with their wives started the journey home. They were beaming with pride as they were very proud to receive the award for their Yanceyville post. Commander Fred Smith commented, “We are a small post, but we are proud to work in our community to make our community better.”

 

In addition to the plaque given to the post, a road sign was also given. The Post will soon purchase four more signs from the National VFW Store, as the Town of Yanceyville has agreed to let Post 7316 install one at each gateway into town. The sign project will take a couple of months to complete. So, keep your eyes when you come thru Yanceyville. Look for them as you enter the town and check out the sign.

Local Business Supports Our Vets

Vacuum Cleaner Hospital, Chapel Hill, has reached out to area veterans through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  They are holding a local raffle for customers to raise money and awareness of the need to help veterans.  Customers donate $10 and have a chance to win a new vacuum cleaner that has been decorated with a patriotic theme.

 

The money raised will go to our Veterans Relief Fund. This fund supports needy veterans and their families.  It can be assistance to a homeless veteran, vets undergoing long-term care at the Durham VAMC, student scholarships, student veterans needing special financial assistance (books, laptop, etc.), veterans with disabilities, disaster relief, and more. 

 

Our Post has several programs and projects to help us raise well over $2,000 each year for our Veterans Relief Fund. Our fund is not used by our local post members for post support and operations.  One hundred percent of our fund dollars go to help those in need.

 

We thank the great folks at the Vacuum Cleaner Hospital for remembering our veterans and for selecting the Veterans of Foreign Wars as the recipient of their donation.

 

You can participate and purchase raffle tickets until the date of the drawing: Tuesday, July 31st.  Visit the Vacuum Cleaner Hospital on South Elliott Rd., Chapel Hill.  For more information on their services and products, visit their website.

A Reason to Be Proud

“From a small seed, a mighty oak may grow.”  – Aeschylus.  That quote is very, very old, but the words ring true and there are countless examples of it in nature and in life.

 

For our little post, it is very true.  We have accomplished much during our twenty plus years to support the community, promote Veterans of Foreign War Programs, assist veterans, and maintain our military traditions.  Memorial Day is just one of those traditions.

 

Each year our Post members gathered at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery to place flags on each veteran’s grave.  Later, we added a special Memorial Service after flag placement.  Next, we added a Monday (Memorial Day) service, which was followed by the addition of a no-host breakfast for all veterans and their families after flag placement.  Age gradually caught up with the core volunteers, so we enlisted the help of a few Scouts.  The few became many, and another tradition was begun.

 

Local Memorial Day weekend events, that began with the efforts of a few of our earliest members,  has ensured that Memorial Day and other Patriotic events flourished.  We are honored to have been a catalyst for veterans activities and hope that you join us for flag placement at 6:30 am on Saturday, May 26th, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.  You will marvel, as we do, at the veterans camaraderie and volunteers’ helpfulness.  We’ll even give you a flag to place and the story behind the action.  

 

There are lots of events coming to and going on in Chapel Hill, and all have their roots in the efforts of C V Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Watch our pages or follow us on FaceBook to see what events are happening in Chapel Hill over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Veterans Day 2017

There are lots of events in and around Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough and Orange County.  We hope that you will attend one or more of the local events.

 

We encourage you to join in at the Orange County Veterans Memorial for their commemorative event and to see the improvements on the memorial.  We are completing the memorial in phases and as we raise the funds needed to complete it.

 

Want to see a list of events for Veterans Day?  Download our list.

Caldwell Parade Info – July 4th

 
Caldwell NC Parade

Our Post is getting ready to join other veterans in our rural areas of northern Durham for the annual Caldwell July 4th Independence Day Parade.  It is a fun event that reminds us of the small community parades that dotted America for many years.  Caldwell is our favorite and we really enjoy the day and the parade.
 
If you are a Post member, a veteran, a family member or a friend of a veteran, we hope you will skip a day of shopping and join us as we salute our Nation.  Our post will set up a couple of canopies and cooking equipment at the Caldwell Community Center at about 8:30 a.m.  A number of our seniors will setup their folding chairs along the roadway by our encampment and relax as they await the parade that starts at 11 a.m.
 
At about 10 a.m. many of our veterans join the town (and neighboring community) marchers at the Caldwell Fire House (on Guess Rd). The community lines Guess Road from the firehouse to the community center.  There are several places along Guess Rd to watch the parade.  There is also a parking area near the community center.
 
The parade starts moving at 10:50 with veterans leading the parade.  We will stop at the NC 57 and Guess Rd. intersection to wait for the 11 a.m. official start.  This is when traffic is stopped and  one lucky–and very surprised– motorist will be selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.
 
At exactly 11 a.m., the traffic is stopped on NC 57.  Our Post Colors are lowered to highlight the National Ensign and the National Anthem is played.  A bi-plane from the “Caldwell Air Force” flies overhead and you can feel the pride and respect swell as the community honors the veterans and their Country.  
 
The parade then steps out led by veterans and heads north toward its end at the Caldwell Community Center about one mile up the road.  We are the first to arrive and it is a grand site.  Our wives and families cheer us on and take lots of pictures.  We then join them for a snack and watch the parade go by.  The parade lasts nearly an hour!  Lots to see!
 
If you are a veteran, you are welcome to watch the parade from the grove of trees just before the community center.  We have a family picnic during and after the parade.  Our members bring a cold dish or dessert to share and our cooks prepare hot dogs for our members and guests.
 
Post 9100 welcomes all veterans to drop by the Post 9100 canopy to meet other area veterans and their families.  Come on by and sit a spell.
 
 

A Heartbreaking Moment

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Our Post often gets inquiries about veterans memorial services, flags, and funeral honors for a departed family member.  It is usually just before a planned service. At our meetings we often talk about this situation and how to better assist families in need.

 

The VA provides cemetery plots for all honorably discharged veterans. This includes the opening of the grave, burial, and funeral honors and presentation of a flag to the family. There is no cost to the family. There are procedures to follow and they are fairly easy to accomplish. You can even apply on-line for Pre-Need Burial Eligibility. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

 

We encourage all veterans to have a discussion with their family about their desires.  This includes the memorial service and location of wills, special instructions, and their Record of Discharge and Release from Active Duty (DD Form 214).  The DD Form 214 proves entitlement.  Lost or misplaced DD Form 214’s can be obtained from the National Archives.  You do not have to hire anyone to obtain a veteran’s DD Form 214.  It is a no cost service, but it will take time to obtain.  Do not wait. Keep this important document with the veteran’s  important papers.

 

Of course, preparation and transportation of a veteran’s remains or cremains are not a service of the VA.   

 

Veterans are encouraged to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars and our post.  There are many opportunities to serve local veterans and their families.  We need active veterans to provide assistance and serve on committees that provide scholarships, help veterans, provide advice and assistance, and more.  Contact us to join and make a difference where it counts.

NC Memorial Hospital Veterans Day Event

University Mall FlagThe NC Memorial Hospital is again honoring veterans and veteran employees in in the NC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL lobby on THURSDAY, November 10th, at 2 pm.

 

As usual, the hospital has extended an invitation to members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and their spouses to attend. The program will feature comments from the USO who is celebrating their 75th anniversary and possibly Congressman David Price.

Veterans Day Events – Memorial Site Dedication

Veterans Day 2016 starts at the Hillsborough Senior Center with a breakfast hosted by The Orange County Department on Aging. Veterans are invited to a free breakfast hosted in their honor on Friday, Nov. 11, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Danny W. Hassell, U.S. Army, will be the guest speaker. The breakfast will take place at the Passmore Center, which is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, Orange County Department on Aging, and Orange County Department of Social Services are co-sponsoring the breakfast to show appreciation for veterans’ contribution and service to the United States.

To reserve seating, please call 919.245.2015 on or before Wednesday, Nov. 9.

After the breakfast, guests are invited to the Orange County Veterans Memorial Site Dedication. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the memorial site that is adjacent to Southern Human Services campus located at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.

Transportation to and from the Veterans Memorial site dedication ceremony from the Passmore Center will be provided for the first 50 individuals to make reservations. The bus will leave from the Passmore Center at 10:30 a.m. and return around 1 p.m. Parking is available at the memorial site.

For more information and to reserve transportation, please call 919.245.2015

Veterans Day at St. Thomas More School

stm-veterans-day-2013-31St. Thomas More Church School is holding a Veterans Day recognition event, “Honoring Men and Women of Service Day” Monday, November 14th. The school asks that all veterans join in and asks that you would spread the following invitation to our special day with the students. Here is the event invitation and details.

 

This is an outstanding event with hundreds of kids gathering to watch the formal raising of their flag to commemorate Veterans Day. See photos from an earlier event.

 

St. Thomas More Catholic School wants to meet and honor those who have served our country through the military, past or present. The morning of Monday, November 14th, using the program that is the same as in years past:

 

  • guests arrive before the drop-off line gets too busy before 7:30, received with coffee and refreshments
  • as the children and teachers gather in the school hall by 8 am, the school will introduce everyone to the school community and we will enjoy some patriotic music from school children
    everyone will then proceed outside for a flag ceremony and a blessing for military service
  • interested guests can visit our classrooms where children want to hear about what serving the country is all about.

The whole morning lasts until 9:30 am, or 10 am for those spending extra time with classrooms.

VFW Buddy Poppies

World War II Vet Elmer Hughes passes out Buddy Poppies
World War II Vet Elmer Hughes passes out Buddy Poppies

Each year our post members brave wind, cold, rain, and maybe even a little snow as they hand out Buddy Poppies in downtown Chapel Hill.  They do it to raise money for programs that benefit veterans, their families and homeless.  Watch for us on each Carolina game day at the Old Chapel Hill Post Office on Franklin Street.  Our first date is September 17th and we will be there from noon to about 3:30 pm.

 

buddy-poppy-handout-for-driveWe are asked about the story behind the Buddy Poppy and we are getting pretty good at sharing the history of the VFW Buddy Poppy. We found a video on the Buddy Poppy that can be viewed by you, shared in a school class or assembly, or viewed at a civic function or other event.  We want to remind everyone that over 400,000 men and women of these United States have perished in wars since, and including, World War I.  Many hundreds of thousands returned home with war wounds.  You can help us share America’s story.  Afterall, how can we understand who we are, if we do not share, remember, and honor the sacrifices of American men and women?

 

Won’t you share the story of the Buddy Poppies in your community?  And, when you see a veteran giving away a Buddy Poppy, thank them and proudly wear the Buddy Poppy.  If you can, make a donation to their Veterans Relief Fund.

 

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