A hundred years has passed since the first men sailed for Europe to fight for freedom.  And, in 1919, the returning servicemen joined together in France to form the American Legion.  How much do you know about “the war to end all wars?”
 
William Melega, recipient of the VFW National Teacher of the Year Award, has a lecture series and it is sponsored by the Chapel Hill PTA at the Chapel Hill Varsity Theater.  The first of the series of ten presentations is on World War I and will be on  Thursday, Oct 19th.  Reception at 6:00 pm and Lecture at 7:00 pm.  
 
Cost is $25, $30 at the door.  A portion of the ticket cost goes to the PTSA and The Wounded Warrior Project.  
 
Elmer Hughes will attend with his son as a special guest of the PTA and William Melega to represent our older veterans and Vice Commander Nick Cervantes will join him as a special guest representing current conflict veterans.
 
Download the event flyer and schedule of future events.  Click Here.
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House Passes Roe, Walz Resolution Authorizing American Legion Centennial Coin

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Sep. 25th, Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, respectively, released the following statements after the House passed Roe and Walz’s resolution to authorize the creation of a commemorative coin in honor of The American Legion’s 100 years of service to America’s veterans.

“Since 1919, The American Legion has dedicated itself to serving our nation’s veterans,” said Roe. “I’m proud to stand with Ranking Member Walz and my colleagues in the House today to honor the Legion’s century of service by authorizing the creation of this commemorative coin. I look forward to continuing to work alongside the American Legion in our shared goal of improving the lives of America’s heroes.”

“For nearly a century, the American Legion has worked tirelessly day and night to improve the lives of our veterans and their families, and for that reason, words cannot express the gratitude I have for the men and women of the American Legion,” said Walz. “As both a veteran and a legislator, I see firsthand the results they achieve for veterans on a daily basis. That is why I am honored to stand alongside my dear friend, colleague, and fellow veteran, Chairman Phil Roe, as the House passes the American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.”

The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act would authorize the U.S. mint to produce a commemorative coin for The American Legion’s 100th anniversary of its founding in 1919. The mint would issue the coins for a one-year period beginning January 1, 2019, and proceeds from the sale of the coins would support The American Legion’s program and services, which fall under four categories: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Children and Youth and Americanism.

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DOD Opens On-Line PX To All Veterans

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The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military.

The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service members and their families. This policy change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support. 

“We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the duties for the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. 

“In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added. 

The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments, and improved efficiencies, according to DoD officials.

“As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members. Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those who served with honor,” Levine said. 

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August 2017 Italian Restaurant Event

What are you doing on Thursday, Aug 24th, 2017?  We hope your taste buds are hankering for a quality pizza and other fine Italian cuisine with an outstanding taste, because California Pizza Kitchen is hosting a FUNraiser for American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill.

Even Fish Tacos!

Their menu is extensive and includes not only pizza, but sandwiches, pastas, dinners, appetizers, and desserts!  You may even find a basic dish for the kids or those with special diets.

If that is you, think California Pizza Kitchen located in the Durham Southpoint Mall.  California Pizza Kitchen is hosting a FUNraiser for the American Legion in Chapel Hill.  Twenty percent of your purchase (dine in, take out, catering and all beverages), goes to Post 6.  However, you need a special coupon and you must present it to your server. It is that easy.

You don’t have to be a veteran to participate.  Everyone can help. You are helping the American Legion by joining in with others on on our FUNraiser Date.

Here is how.  Download and print several copies of the coupon and share them with your friends and out of town guests.  While you are at it, pass copies around and encourage your friends to head to the California Pizza Kitchen at Southpoint.  Remind them that they must have the coupon for presentation to benefit the American Legion.  

American Legion flyer Aug 2017

One word of caution.  California Pizza Kitchen will not honor a coupon passed out in the mall.  So, please do not do that.

Remember, this fundraiser will occur only on Aug 24, 2017.  

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Bruce Martindale Passing

We are very sorry to announce that one of our long time members, Bruce Martindale, passed away yesterday.  Bruce Martindale has been a member of Chapel Hill Post 6 for 44 years and served in the U.S. Navy as a Signalman in the South China Sea and Okinawa, Japan.  Bruce was a resident of Carolina Meadows.

Funeral arrangements are for visitation on July 27th at 10 a.m. at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Mt. Carmel Church Rd, Chapel Hill.  The Memorial Service will follow the visitation and begin at 11 a.m. at the church.  Interment follows at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, Legion Road, Chapel Hill.  Funeral services are provided by the Donaldson Funeral Home, Pittsboro.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Chapel Hill Post No. 6 Post Home Building Fund, in honor of Bruce Martindale. Checks may be mailed to Chapel Hill Post No. 6, American Legion,  Post Office Box 2323, Chapel Hill, NC  27515.

Bruce published a memoir of his induction into the military and naval service during World War II.  The book, A Naval Signalman During World War II, records his life from graduating Chapel Hill High School, work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the Navy’s V-12 Pre-flight Training School Program, and boot camp training at Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.  It then continues through his World War II service.  A copy of his book will be available for loan from the Post 6 Library.

Bruce’s family goes way back in our Chapel Hill History.  His father, Charlie Lee Martindale, created Martindale Field, Chapel Hill’s first and only airport.  It was later renamed Horace Williams Airport.  View photos from the 1930’s.

Members are encouraged to attend the July 27th services and burial.  Please wear your Legionnaire’s Blue Cap.  We’ll sit together as we honor a member of our Post.

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California Pizza Kitchen FUNraiser Day for Post 6

What are you doing on Monday, July 3rd, 2017?  We hope your taste buds are hankering for a quality pizza with an outstanding taste, because California Pizza Kitchen is hosting a FUNraiser for American Legion Post 6 in Chapel Hill.

Their menu is extensive and includes not only pizza, but sandwiches, pastas, appetizers, and desserts!

If that is you, think California Pizza Kitchen located in the Durham Southpoint Mall.  California Pizza Kitchen is hosting a FUNraiser for the American Legion in Chapel Hill on July 3rd.  Twenty percent of your purchase (dine in, take out, catering and all beverages), goes to Post 6.  However, you need a special coupon and you must present it to your server. It is that easy.

You don’t have to be a veteran to participate.  You are helping the American Legion by joining in with others on July 3rd.

Here is how.  Download and print several copies of the coupon and share them with your friends and out of town guests.  While you are at it, pass copies around and encourage your friends to head to the California Pizza Kitchen at Southpoint.  Remind them that they must have the coupon for presentation to benefit the American Legion.  

DOWNLOAD The FUNraiser Coupon

One word of caution.  California Pizza Kitchen will not honor a coupon passed out in the mall.  So, please do not do that.

Remember, this fundraiser will occur only on 3 July 2017.  It’s a perfect way to really start your July 4th celebration.

 

 

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Time Waits for No Man

Bob Patton shares a story

Have you sat down with Rusty Edmister and shared a story about your time in the military?  Rusty Edmister has just completed 334 interviews.  That’s a lot of storytelling.  

How about you?  You have probably never spent much time with your children or grandchildren to share your military story.  There will be a time, however, when they will want to know about your service and what you did while serving.

You have a story to tell.  It may be funny, serious, or just a wild ride through memory lane.  Whatever you want to talk about should be recorded for your family and for historical archives.

Here is a link to a story on Rusty Edmister’s oral history project.  Take a look.  Then, contact Rusty and arrange for your interview.  It will be something you will be quite proud of.

Read Rusty’s story.  Click here.

 

 

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Passing of Mark Sumner

It is with great sadden that we share with you the loss of Mark Sumner, a long time member of both the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans and service groups.

Mark was a valued member and wise counselor to Post No. 6 as the Post worked through the process of deciding the future of the Post at our current location and continuing the legacy of the American Legion in Chapel Hill.  He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough.  Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive visitors Monday evening from 5-7 pm at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 1113 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.  Memorials may be directed St.. Matthew’s Memorial Fund, the Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, 301 Drama Road, Snow Camp, NC 27349, or to American Legion Post No. 6, P.O. Box 2323, Chapel Hill, NC 27515.

Please wear your VFW Cap to the funeral or viewing.  Let the family know that his comrades are there.

To read Mark’s complete obituary, please click on this link: http://www.hallwynne.com/mark-reese-sumner-sr/

After the funeral, we will share with you photos  of Mark in action with veterans.  We will also add him to the list of distinguished local veterans on the Orange County Veterans Memorial website at http:/www.orangecountyveteransmemorial.com.

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Memorial Day Open House

We will again open our doors and Post Home to the general public as we remember those who served their country but are no longer with us.

A full schedule is planned with a Memorabilia Display in our Small Hall at 10 am.  There will be plenty of things to see that are part of individual member collections from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, the Gulf, and current conflicts.  Our Memorial Service begins at 11 am.

Local Boy Scout Troop 835 will bring a mobile kitchen to cook and serve hot dogs while the Village Band will perform a concert in our Large Meeting Hall.  Food is served at 12:15 and the concert starts at 12:30.  Maple View Ice Cream will be available, too.

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Flintlock’s Morgan Horses on Display

Pete Jaeger with his Morgans

At our Post May 9th meeting we have arranged for a demonstration of America’s oldest registered breed of equine – The Morgan Horse.  Come early and share in the camaraderie with your friends,  as local horse enthusiasts show off their Morgans for your pleasure in our front yard!

Gael Jaeger will give a running dialog of this demonstration by the Beckerdite Family’s presentation of their Morgans.  She will also explain WHY the Morgan Horse was a prominent figure in America’s Military History–from Revolutionary to Civil War to Pony Express involvement!

Gael and Pete Jaeger have been involved in the breeding, raising, training and showing of Morgans for the better part of 40+ years and their contributions to the equine “industry” are many–this is just another fun way to expose others to this wonderful American breed.

Come out to the Post (early – from 5 p.m. on..) and enjoy the exhibition until dinner time. Share the event by bringing a membership prospect for Legion.  We are sure they’ll enjoy the Morgan’s!

Did you know?  The Morgan breed history is anchored deeply in the history of the U.S. military of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Their stamina, compact muscular structure, powerful hindquarters, versatility, reliability, sustainability, endurance, courage, and intelligence, made them prime candidates for military service. By the 1830’s, the Morgan horse was not only a well established, highly respected, widely sought after breed, but its versatility had become legendary. Morgans were also of the ideal size for the military, 14–15 hands, on the average.

When the Civil War broke out in April of 1861, there was a rush to arms with volunteer units being organized in every state including Vermont and New York. Morgan horses were in demand for cavalry and artillery units. These horses not only saw service as individual mounts for mounted enlisted and commissioned officers of artillery, cavalry, infantry and other combat support units, but as team horses for light artillery units
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