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Decorating Veterans Graves in Chapel Hill

The sun rises over the graves

C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100  is continuing its annual tradition of decorating the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery located on Legion Road in Chapel Hill.  Each year we place about 500 flags on the graves of veterans.  We are joined by members of American Legion Post 6 and Boy Scout Troop 835.

“The  roadway was filled with about 20 cars and trucks last year.  We had a strong turnout and that made easy work of flag placement,” said Lee Heavlin, post commander.  ”We also end the event with a special Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremonial to honor the dead and to reflect on the origins of this special holiday.  Memorial Day,  as opposed to Veterans Day, honors our dead.” he said.

This is an early morning event.  We start at about 6:30 a.m. so that the sun rises over decorated graves.  The flags are there for the complete weekend so that flags are there when out of town family stop by.  Everyone is invited  to help place the flags and to stay for the 8 a.m. memorial ceremonial.  Each year we see more event attendees.  Some are new, but many of last year’s helpers are sure to return.