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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.

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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Military Appreciation Day – Nov 14th

PNC Bank is celebrating the armed services with a Military Appreciation event at local branches on Friday, November 14th, 2014.  Military personnel, veterans, and retired are invited to enjoy light refreshments as they show support fo our Hometown heroes and their families.


The Chapel Hill PNC Bank University Mall Branch is permitting the Carolina Veterans Organization at UNC to place a food drive box to accept food donations as part of the the CVO food drive on Friday, November 14.  Learn more about this event by viewing the PNC Bank Military appreciation event flyer.


Want to help?  Just drop by the bank and drop off non-perishable food.  While there, enjoy some light refreshments.




Veterans Day Discounts

veterans discountVeterans are popular on Veterans Day.  There are lots of special discounts and free offers available only to veterans.  Do you know what they are?


You can download a list of Veterans Day discounts for 2014 right here.  Download list 

Veterans Day 2014

Patton CameraThere are a lot of things going on with our post.  Our Speakers Bureau members are doing double duty and we are hard pressed to meet all requests.  Are you busy in our community sharing the pride of having served your country?  Are you interested in participating in a Veterans Day Event?  Take a look at what we have on our schedule.  Maybe one of the events is just right for you.  Take a look.  Download Veterans Day 2014 Event Schedule


Our speakers are available year round and not just on Veterans or Memorial Day.  Take a look at our list of speakers, their background and chose one or more.  You can then request a speaker by sending us a request.  Remember to include some details and a contact name and telephone number.  If we can assist, we will.   Submit a request

Veterans of Fearrington Event – Nov 20

The Veterans of Fearrington are presenting a program on World War II and the Pacific Theater. It is on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Gathering Place at 7:30 pm. Major James Dyer, US Marine Corps (Retired), is speaking.


Among Major Dyer’s assignments was to provide personal security for the Commander South Pacific Fleet. One of the Commanders of the South Pacific Fleet was Admiral William F. Halsey. This unusual position placed Major Dyer near the most important battles of WW II in the South Pacific. Come hear some of his experiences during those dangerous times in our history. Major Dyer was also in combat during the Korean War. After retirement, Major Dyer earned his Doctorate in School Psychology and was employed by in Washington DC, as well as a local school system, as an advisor in teacher education programs.


Everyone is welcome to attend, veterans and non-veterans. Club contact is Ken Samuelson 919-542-0674 For directions, see map.

Military Appreciation Day at Golden Corral


Louis Drogos, Navy Nurse, with husband, Gene, Navy Lighter than Air crewman. World War II
Louis Drogos, Navy Nurse, with husband, Gene, Navy Lighter than Air crewman. World War II

Golden Corral and its guests raise millions for Disabled American Veterans organization.  They do this by providing a free meal to local veterans at most Golden Corral restaurants.  The Disabled American Veterans are present at the dinner and accept donations for their programs to assist disabled veterans.


The Golden Corral Community. 2014 Military Appreciation Monday ‘thank you’ dinner is Monday, November 17, 2014 at 5 pm.  Learn more


Why not team up with fellow members and head to Golden Corral for a little socializing?