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A Reason to Be Proud

“From a small seed, a mighty oak may grow.”  – Aeschylus.  That quote is very, very old, but the words ring true and there are countless examples of it in nature and in life.


For our little post, it is very true.  We have accomplished much during our twenty plus years to support the community, promote Veterans of Foreign War Programs, assist veterans, and maintain our military traditions.  Memorial Day is just one of those traditions.


Each year our Post members gathered at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery to place flags on each veteran’s grave.  Later, we added a special Memorial Service after flag placement.  Next, we added a Monday (Memorial Day) service, which was followed by the addition of a no-host breakfast for all veterans and their families after flag placement.  Age gradually caught up with the core volunteers, so we enlisted the help of a few Scouts.  The few became many, and another tradition was begun.


Local Memorial Day weekend events, that began with the efforts of a few of our earliest members,  has ensured that Memorial Day and other Patriotic events flourished.  We are honored to have been a catalyst for veterans activities and hope that you join us for flag placement at 6:30 am on Saturday, May 26th, at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.  You will marvel, as we do, at the veterans camaraderie and volunteers’ helpfulness.  We’ll even give you a flag to place and the story behind the action.  


There are lots of events coming to and going on in Chapel Hill, and all have their roots in the efforts of C V Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Watch our pages or follow us on FaceBook to see what events are happening in Chapel Hill over the Memorial Day Weekend.

Remembering Others on Memorial Day

There is no greater feeling than that felt upon hearing another veteran or member of our post share their positive experiences at a post commemorative event.  We sometimes wonder if we are making a difference.   Not today.  We were all lifted up by what we shared as we remembered the fallen.

Bugler Memorial Day 2014This is what Rusty Edmister wrote today to his friends, “My VFW Post put flags by the tombstones of veterans in the Chapel Hill ceremony this morning.  It was a beautiful morning, and our mission was to simply remember and honor those who served ahead of us, with us, and after us.  If you get the chance between now and Monday afternoon, drive by or walk through a cemetery with its flags waving and consider that we are alive and owe it to our comrades to respect and honor them by remembering the invest they made in our country.”

About 50 people joined together at the cemetery.  There were local scouts, American Legionnaires, other veterans, and local folk.  Everyone chipped in to place a flag, read aloud the veteran’s name, and render a salute.  Some escorted older members and assisted in flag placement.  New stories and memories were in the making and a sense of service and pride was in the air.

Time Warner Cable News arrived at 6 am and reported live from the cemetery.  Chapel Hill News (News and Observer) and The Chapel Hill Herald also sent reporters.  Chapel Hill WCHL Radio was also on site with their photographer reporting for  It was an emotional event for the reporters.  They watched, listened, and learned.  They asked questions and were moved by the veterans and scouts as each shared a story of the meaning of Memorial Day or their participation.

Time Warner Central North Carolina news reporter Amy Elliott spoke of the sounds heard as veterans walked the path and among the stones.  She reported on the emotions expressed and the solemnness of our mission.  Amy also shared with viewers our dedication to the memory of those who are buried in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery.  Shopping for a new car, a suit, a new mattress or other “thing on sale” was the least of things on our mind.  All were there to show their appreciation to the millions of servicemen and women who died on active duty in service of their country…one flag, on one grave, and reading aloud one name at a time.  View the story

They decorated more than 450 graves with the flag of their country.  Most returned home safely, but we honor them, too, because they served and fought alongside those who did not return.

  • 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.  (from In Flanders Fields, by John McCrea

May all who rest in our town know that we have not forgotten them, nor did we fail to decorate their graves for Memorial Day.

We return to the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 26th, at 8 am for a repeat memorial ceremony.  All are invited to join us.

The American Legion will have an Open House on Monday starting at 10 am, with a memorial service at 11 am, and the Village Band in concert at 1 pm.

The News and Observer  published a story on upcoming local Memorial Day events.  Read story