We were visited by students from East Chapel Hill High School last month. They are returning to Normandy for a second visit and a chance to participate in the 70th D-Day Commemoration ceremony at the American Cemetery. This is the final formal event for the series that has been continuous for 70 years.
They returned to the post this week to thank us for our support and to receive a check from the post. The students arrived excited and motivated. They were surprised about and most appreciative of our Post’s support.
The teens arrived with a bucket of fried chicken and a large sheet cake to say “Thanks.” They also gave us an update on the status of their project.
They were able to generate funding for travel of each of the six students, raised over $1,500 through a student fundraiser, interviewed a few veterans who are candidates for travel with their group with them as their escort, have contacted other groups for support, and have been working with the French Consulate for additional support. Ms. Robin McMahan stated that our early support and enthusiastic support made a big difference. As a veterans group, our financial and moral support helped a lot to create team excitement.
Richard Rawling, Post 9100 Commander, presented the students with a check for $500.
The students also mentioned that they wrote a letter to the editor of the Chapel Hill News (News & Observer). In part it said,
- “Thank You, VFW! We wish to publicly give our thanks to VFW Post 9100 in Chapel Hill. … We recently had the privilege of sharing our mission with the VFW Post 9100 C.V. Cummings Post while also learning about some of the sacrifices made by these veterans for our country. The VFW Post 9100 members also made a very generous financial contribution toward our project, while also sharing their stories and experiences which have helped us get a more robust view of the brave men and women around us.” It appeared in the March 9, 2014 edition of Chapel Hill News. Read the complete letter at Chapel Hill News.
The students did more than promote their program. They motivated and encouraged our post members. Through them, we could see that our efforts within the community are continuing to make a difference. Our efforts are working and our town is a better place because we–The Veterans of Foreign Wars–are here promoting veterans programs, supporting veterans, and are working to promote patriotism in our town and schools.
Learn more by visiting the students’ project website at: http://gettingtoknoweurope.org/nc-to-normandy/