“Before the Colors Fade” is the title of a story about six Chapel Hill Veterans who went to Arlington to help say a final “goodbye” to a friend and fellow soldier, Carl Fritz. I am reminded of that trip and the camaraderie that we shared in a chartered Greyhound Scenicruiser to Arlington, Washington, and the World War II Memorial. I am also reminded that we are losing more and more of the history of the Great War, The War to End All Wars, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, the Gulf and more.
We celebrate the living on Veterans Day. We remember the dead on Memorial Day. So, why not spend some time with a veteran on Veterans Day. Young or old, ask them to share a small part of their story. You will be glad you did. So will they.
Here is a story about two boys and an old sailor from the USS Yorktown. Watch it and you will understand.
Post Commander Lewis Hendricks recently visited the Hillsborough Exchange Club. We were asked to provide a speaker to share their thoughts and experiences of Iraq.
Commander Hendricks’ topic was Carolina on My Mind. He share his experiences before going overseas, the experiences of his spouse and children, his mid-tour visit home, and the final months of his tour. Carolina was always on his mind. Lewis took some photos of the family and compiled a video that was a composite of life in Iraq and at home.
The Exchange Club had about 30 members in attendance and seemed in awe as they watched the video. It brought the conflict home and many remembered their own experiences as a family member or serviceman. Commander Hendricks held an open mike questions and answer session. Lots of interesting questions came up and his frank, honest, and sincere impressions were very welcome.
We made new friends at the Exchange Club. We shared experiences and compared our post to the club. Our challenges were much the same as were our goals. The Exchange Club Covenant of Service says it all:
Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s Noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchangites: To consecrate my best energies to the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and Business ideals; To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and sacrificed that the heritage of American citizenship might be mine; To honor and respect law, to serve my fellowmen, and to uphold the ideals and institutions of my Country; To implant the life‐giving, society‐building spirit of Service and Comradeship in my social and business relationships; To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings, and greater opportunities for all.
The Hillsborough Exchange Club has some very interesting accomplishments. They include a 20 acre park area near downtown, they were the first Hillsborough Town Park, they provide space for scouting and DMV training, and are very active in the community with community service projects. We appreciated the invitation to speak and to learn more about our local civilian non-profit groups.
The post gets inquiries all the time from media sources. They are interested in our community events, memorial services, programs, and in our personal opinion.
Recently we were asked about the availability of local recent conflict veterans to speak on WUNC Radio as part of an upcoming program on The State of Iraq. Lewis Hendricks, our Post Commander, participated and here is a link to the half-hour show. Below is the link to the story and the audio.
The Marines remembered the brave at a USMC Dinner at Quantico in the National Museum for the Marine Corps. Jensen Sutta Photography caught this very special occasion on film and has shared it.
This is a beautiful presentation of the honor, commitment and pride today’s heroes share with the families of their fallen comrades. We salute the Marines remembered and those who honored them. Watch Remembering the Brave
Local veterans are holding their first Reveille event at Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery, on Tuesday, April 24th. Want to attend? It is simple. All you have to do is show up, drink, eat, and have a great time. Reveille has several sponsors that will donate a 10% match of whatever event attendees spend on dinner.
To answer any questions about Reveille:
What is it?
Reveille, a play on the definition of a “call to arms”, is a monthly dinner that supports Stop Soldier Suicide’s (SSS) mission of curbing veteran suicides by:
Bringing in a different veteran focused nonprofit to speak to the community about their cause and supporting initiatives
Extend SSS’s reach into local communities through YOU! to provide assistance to veterans contemplating suicide