Chapel Hill VFW Post 9100 made its annual pilgrimage to Caldwell, NC, to celebrate our Nation’s birthday with families of our active duty and returning servicemen and women. Their loved ones have been serving our nation since way before 9/11. They served and serve in the National Guard, Reserve, and active components of the U.S. Army. They sailed in ships, served on foreign soil, or with the Army manning missile batteries and also with the Air Force and joint commands while in the Navy. They have flown countless missions wherever the sky has held our aircraft in flight. On July 4th it was our turn to say, “Thank you for your service,” and show their families that we veterans care.
We also thank the members of our post who have traveled to Caldwell since 2005. Why Caldwell by a Chapel Hill post? Well, we are patriotic, but there is more to the story. The Fleet Reserve and Marine Corps League members of Durham had led the Caldwell parade for many years, but they were having a tough time continuing the color guard, as the Fleet Reserve was disbanding. Navy men in our post were asked to assist and they in turn encouraged post members to join the parade the following year. We have been there every year since.
There is a video on line of this year’s parade and it appears on our District web site (http://myvfw.org/nc/dist6/). It’s just four minutes long, but it will give you an idea of what we do to say, “Thank You for your service.” Watch video