Our Post is getting ready to join other veterans in our rural areas of northern Durham for the annual Caldwell July 4th Independence Day Parade. It is a fun event that reminds us of the small community parades that dotted America for many years. Caldwell is our favorite and we really enjoy the day and the parade.
If you are a Post member, a veteran, a family member or a friend of a veteran, we hope you will skip a day of shopping and join us as we salute our Nation. Our post will set up a couple of canopies and cooking equipment at the Caldwell Community Center at about 8:30 a.m. A number of our seniors will setup their folding chairs along the roadway by our encampment and relax as they await the parade that starts at 11 a.m.
At about 10 a.m. many of our veterans join the town (and neighboring community) marchers at the Caldwell Fire House (on Guess Rd). The community lines Guess Road from the firehouse to the community center. There are several places along Guess Rd to watch the parade. There is also a parking area near the community center.
The parade starts moving at 10:50 with veterans leading the parade. We will stop at the NC 57 and Guess Rd. intersection to wait for the 11 a.m. official start. This is when traffic is stopped and one lucky–and very surprised– motorist will be selected as this year’s Grand Marshal.
At exactly 11 a.m., the traffic is stopped on NC 57. Our Post Colors are lowered to highlight the National Ensign and the National Anthem is played. A bi-plane from the “Caldwell Air Force” flies overhead and you can feel the pride and respect swell as the community honors the veterans and their Country.
The parade then steps out led by veterans and heads north toward its end at the Caldwell Community Center about one mile up the road. We are the first to arrive and it is a grand site. Our wives and families cheer us on and take lots of pictures. We then join them for a snack and watch the parade go by. The parade lasts nearly an hour! Lots to see!
If you are a veteran, you are welcome to watch the parade from the grove of trees just before the community center. We have a family picnic during and after the parade. Our members bring a cold dish or dessert to share and our cooks prepare hot dogs for our members and guests.
Post 9100 welcomes all veterans to drop by the Post 9100 canopy to meet other area veterans and their families. Come on by and sit a spell.
We get lots of inquiries about what the Veterans of Foreign Wars is all about. Are you, too, wondering what we do, how we do it, and who we serve?
You can search the internet or you can just visit our web site. Take a look to your right and look for Latest News. Better yet, scroll down just a little bit below that group and look for News Categories. Now click on the down arrow and select from one of the many categories of information on our website.
Searching for news items by category will give you a look at a number of stories related to the category selected. It is that easy. You will see that we do a lot right here in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area. You will find stories on Yanceyville, Hillsborough, Caldwell and more. We are in every area near us where we find veterans that need our help. We work with other posts, local veterans groups, and charities.
Why do we do this? We are just happy to be home. Some of our shipmates and fellow soldiers, airmen and marines were not so fortunate. We feel a need to step up and serve others, help veterans and strengthen citizenship through patriotism and education.
Another interesting source for information on the Veterans of Foreign Wars is the VFW Magazine. Every member of the VFW gets a copy sent to him each month and it is free of charge. You, however, can also read this magazine on-line. Here is the link. CLICK HERE
Are you a veteran that has served overseas in a combat area? If yes, you can join the VFW. We would like you to consider joining our post in Chapel Hill. We’ll even pay for your first year’s dues. We are confident that you will find a home associating with other men and women who have volunteered (or if Vietnam or earlier, “drafted”) to serve.
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