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Jingle Bell Time – Chapel Hill Christmas Parade

Christmas decorationIt’s that time of year again and we are ready to head downtown Chapel Hill to show that there are veterans in town.  The parade starts at 10 a.m. and we gather not later than 9 a.m.  


This is an annual event that we have been doing consistently for about ten years.  Come on down and join other post members on Franklin Street, just west of  Boundary Street.  Be there by 9 a.m.  


Uniform is just your VFW Cap.  We encourage you to wear something military to let the town know that you served.  


We have a lot of fun doing this and that makes is a good day regardless of  temperature.  Post event is lunch (pay as you go) at Bailey’s in Rams Gate at about noon.


The weather forecast is for clear skies and about 54 degrees!

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Yanceyville Parade – 6 Dec

Hurry up and wait, but have fun.
Hurry up and wait, but have fun.

Celebrate Christmas with the first Christmas Parade in the district.  It’s in Yanceyville and it is this Saturday, 6 December.


The parade is a little longer than normal for Yanceyville, because it is in the town of Yanceyville.  If you can not walk, we should be able to get you a ride.  Bring along family and a few extra chairs.  They will enjoy the parade as much as you will.  Need a ride, contact Lee Heavlin or Ed Gill.  


 The parade is on Saturday December 6, starts at 10 AM, and  area veterans will gather and stage at the large parking lot below Caswell County Civic Center: meet at 9 AM.


A flag retirement ceremony with VFW Post 7316 members and other Veterans along with scouts from all over Caswell County will follow the parade at  NOON at the Yanceyville Amphitheatre.


Contact Fred Smith, Commander, VFW Post 7316 Yanceyville/Caswell County, NC, for more information.  Click here


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Salute to Hillsborough Veterans – 7 Dec

Set your calendars for December 7th for a Salute to Hillsborough Veterans from Revolutionary War to Vietnam War.  If you served, then this means you!


Christmas decorationThe Marine Corps League and the Military Order of the Purple Heart have asked for our assistance.  They need some assistance from local Orange County veterans to participate in the Holiday in Hillsborough Tour.  They need to know know ASAP!


Here are the details on the salute and holiday tour.  (Veterans participation times are from 12 Noon to 6 PM.  Volunteers can work the full six hours or whatever amount of time you can. Veterans are needed at two locations: Museum and the Old Court House.)


The event is Sunday, December 7, noon to 6 pm – 28th Annual Hillsborough Holiday Homecomings Tour.  The 2014 Event is a Salute to Hillsborough Veterans from Revolutionary War to Vietnam War. 


The Hillsborough Holiday Homecomings Tour has a different name and focus this year and will highlight Hillsborough during past war times, while saluting area veterans. With this year’s tour falling on Pearl Harbor Day, the theme will feature visits to private homes decorated for the holidays and other public sites representing the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World Wars I and II,  Korean War, and Vietnam War. The self-guided tour takes place December 7 from Noon – 6 pm and begins at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 East King Street and includes a variety of beautiful homes in Hillsborough. There will be period living history moments and skits performed on the half hour throughout the day by the Orange Community Players, holiday and war era music and caroling around town. Churches are also participating. Also see historical exhibits as well as period cars at some of the tour stops.


Musical entertainment highlights include the Triangle Tuba Quartet, High School Chorus, Handbell Choir, flutists, hammered dulcimer and more.


In honor and remembrance of veterans, people will be able to salute veterans by writing their names on a “Veterans Wall” at the Old Orange County Courthouse. Veterans will be in attendance as well.


New this year is a Civil War Cemetery tour at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Also at the 2014 Hillsborough Holiday Homecomings Tour, attendees can ride a 20-25 passenger train while hearing about Hillsborough’s history. The train will make stops at various locations throughout the day. Tour Tickets are $20 day of, $15 in advance; children 10 and under free. Tickets are non-refundable. The train ride is free with your ticket or $5 without. A percentage of the tour’s net proceeds will benefit a veteran’s charity. For information call the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (919) 732-8156. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 6 online at as well as the chamber office at 1000 Corporate Drive, Suite 301, and at the Hillsborough Visitors Center at 150 E. King Street. Day of tour tickets are available at the Visitors Center.


Can you assist? Contact Jesse G Torres, Adjutant, Military Order of the Purple Heart at 919-241-4109 Home or 919-923-5846 Cell, or by email. Click here 

Sharing With Others  0

1-Arc Christmas giftsWe gather each year for our post’s annual Christmas Dinner and party. We enjoy our fellowship and the chance to share stories of family and post activities. We have much to be thankful for. We are also mindful of the needs of others.

Each year we bring to our gathering gifts for local children who are not as fortunate as we are. We chose The Arc of Orange County as the recipient of our gifts of toys for girls and boys. The ARC supports children with special needs and mental disabilities. The gifts were delivered today and they were well received.

A special thank you to all who brought gifts. You will be making some child’s Christmas morning brighter.

Show Your Post Colors  0

We may be a small post, but we have lots of things to do that show the Veterans of Foreign Wars is active in our community.  This includes the annual Chapel Hill Christmas Parade.

We started participating in this event with one car, a two person color guard, and a few of members.  we have grown and grown and usually have about five vehicles, participation by the Yanceyville Post, and the local American Legion Post!

We will gather between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14th at Boundary St and Franklin St.,  on the South side of the street. Basically the same spot we have had each year.  Driving in the parade, just announce to the parade staff at the Boundary Street barrier that you are with the VFW.  If members want to walk alongside our vehicles, that can be accommodated. We should have about five vehicles for people to ride in. We can arrange to get members back to their cars.

Reminder, as usual, there are no porta-potties on the parade route or at the end. Hydrate lightly!

We will have no host lunch after the parade.  Location yet to be announced.  The weather is forecast for rain on Saturday. Cloudy skies with rain developing in the morning. Highs in the mid 40′s-50. They suggest we have the umbrellas handy today, especially in the afternoon and evening as rain will become more likely as the day rolls on.   We should be done before the rain has a chance to dampen our parade.

Christmas Gathering – Dec 6th  0

Our traditional Christmas Dinner gathering is now set for 6 p.m., December 6th, at Captain John’s Dockside restaurant in Chapel Hill. Map

We will gather at 6 p.m. for socializing and order at about 6:30 p.m. from a special Post Dinner menu.  As always, this event is open to all members and they are welcome to bring one guest with them.

We ask that every member bring a gift for a needy child.  Please wrap the gift and mark it with a tag indicating it is for a girl, a boy,, or appropriate for either child.  Here are a few photos from a previous Christmas party.

What else are we doing for Christmas?  We will be heading to Yanceyville for a December 7th Christmas Parade and then on December 14th we will proudly parade in Chapel Hill.  Watch for details, but mark your calendars now.  Remember, we parade as Veterans to show that we care for those who serve today around the world.  We are the community touchstone for our local veterans’ families.

Christmas Parade in Chapel Hill – Dec 8th  0


The Town of Chapel Hill has spruced up and decorated the parade route and the annual Christmas Parade is just days away.

We will gather between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8th at Boundary St and Franklin St., South side of the street. Basically the same spot we had last year.

Reminder, as usual there are no bathroom facilities on the parade route or at the end. Hydrate lightly! If people want to walk alongside our vehicles, that can be accommodated. We should have about five vehicles for people to ride in. We can arrange to get people back to their cars.

We will have no host lunch at Tedesco’s Italian Restaurant on Franklin Street near Estes Drive. The weather is forecast is in the 60’s, so it should be a pleasant day for the parade. Please plan to attend.  Here are some scenes from last year’s parade.