We are a fairly small post. In fact, we are disproportionately sized, when you consider the great number of veterans who have lived and died in Chapel Hill. Add to that the military history in Chapel Hill.
Did you know that the United States Navy helped expand the University during World War II. The Navy Department funded the construction of many campus buildings to support over 3,000 midshipmen and V-12 program trainees. They included a Naval Armory, Navy Hall (now the office of Undergraduate Admissions), a Navy Hospital (now Student Health Services), and Kessing Pool.
Today, thee are many returning veterans actively pursuing their degree as they return to civilian life.
Our goal is to help all veterans from all conflicts. We “honor the dead, by taking caring of the living.”
We also promote VFW programs to encourage good citizenship and democracy. We take time to honor our public law enforcement and EMT groups, as we recognize their selfless dedication to their community.
Our members also continue the tradition of decorating the graves of our military dead on Memorial Day, On Veterans Day, we distribute Buddy Poppies. This project reminds us all of the sacrifices made by our war dead. The poem, In Flanders Fields, contains this challenge…
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.