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:

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:/

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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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A Cross-Country Adventure

A journey begins.  James H. Mullens, Sergeant Major,  US Army (Retired), and his family are embarking on a cross county trip by bicycle.  James shares his story.  

“I am a 100% Disabled OIF/OEF Vet, recently retired, and I’m riding 13,000 miles around the United States, starting April 2017. I will be riding around America with my wife (also an OIF Vet) and eight year old daughter (not a VET yet), along the Atlantic coast, the Northern tier, the Pacific coast, and the Southern tier routes.”

“This undertaking will be an opportunity for us to see this great nation of ours and to meet the people my wife and I served during our years in the Army (32 years for me and 6 years for her).”

We asked him, “Why are you doing this?”  “The purpose of this undertaking is to raise awareness about Team RWB (Red, White and Blue), the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), the American Legion, and the IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association) among Veterans and the American public. We want to let people know the good work that these organizations do providing comradeship and support to Veterans, their families and their communities. Along the route, we plan to visit with several of them to thank them in person for the support that they have provided me, my wife and the Soldiers and families I lived and worked with over the years.”

“We hope to raise $39,188–our estimated costs to support a family of three for a year on the road. The funds will defer the cost of bikes (our sole mode of transportation), a tent (our home for the next year) and other necessary camping gear, ferry fees during are journey. Any excess funds will be donated to Team RWB, VFW, American Legion, and IAVA.”

“We plan to ride 60-70 miles per day, taking one rest day every week. We expect the trip will take a full year,” he said.

We will keep track of Jim and his family as they travel across American.  We’ll link to photos, news stories, and milestones of his trip.  You can help James by joining many others in sponsoring them.  

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How Did You Spend Today?

The Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce hosted a Bocce Tournament at the American Legion today and there was lots of fun for everyone.  

The skies were clear with a gentle breeze, making for an enjoyable day with friends.  Spring is upon us and the temperatures are in the high 70’s and moving toward the 80’s.  We are looking forward to a lot of events at the post and encourage you to share the opportunity by suggesting and possibly chairing a post outdoor event for our members.  

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You are also encouraged to share the opportunities for an event at the post with your local church, civic group, or family.  We are now accepting summer bookings and may have a few weekends or weekdays available yet for the Spring.


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It’s a New Beginning – Our Second Hundred Years

Yesterday, Post Commander Bill Munsee, Adjutant Lee Heavlin, and 2nd Vice Commander Robert Medred joined the Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil and Town Attorney Ralph Karpinos for the formal closing of the sale of Post 6 to the Town of Chapel Hill.  

It was a very special day that culminated over six years of study, debate, formal review of needs, and decision to sell.  It was a matter not taken lightly.  It was a gamble, a bold move, and a challenge.  But, like our early post members realized, “with change comes opportunity.”

We received $7.9 million for our current home and property.  We think we are well situated now to locate a site, build a new home, and equip it to serve our veterans.

We are just two years shy of our one hundredth anniversary.  Chartered on October 28, 1919.  Our first members built their post home from logs cut from nearby trees by Rosemary Street.  Axes flew, trees came down, and they were linked together to form a modest log cabin “hut.” It served them well and in 1955–35 years later–they made the bold decision to move into the “country”  and build a new home on then dairy farm land.

Our post had just 61 members in 1955. They had a vision of the future, a future that served not only the now settled World War II veterans, but our Korean War Veterans.  They needed a new home to provide for the huge local veteran population.

Our membership is growing again and is now at about 175 and we add four or more a month.  There are many, many veterans in and around Chapel Hill that are not now members of Post 6.  We hope they will respond as did the earlier returning veterans.  Maybe you are one of them.  If you are, we want to hear from you.

A home for you and your family

We want to hear from you now as we are now searching for a new post home site for our new home.  It will be designed to meet the needs of current conflict members and their families.  It will be equally welcoming to older conflict veterans and their families.  And, we expect the site to be as attractive as our current home.  We have a vision and want to share it with you.

We’ll stay right where we are now through a special lease with the Town of Chapel Hill for the next three years.  Now is not the time to sit back and observe.  You can get involved in one of the many phases of developing the post home.  It’s your future home we are constructing.  

We invite all eligible veterans to join us for dinner before our monthly meeting the second Tuesday of each month.  Just contact our Post Adjutant for details.  For membership info, click here.

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Marathon Jam Coming Soon

The 11th Annual Marathon Jam is at Chapel Hill Post 6 on the last Saturday, in February.  This year it is February 25, 2017.  It starts at 1 p.m. and goes non-stop to 1 a.m.  Come on in and join the fun.

The Chapel Hill event has raised over $150,000 and spinoff, concurrent events worldwide have generated over $500,000 for Fisher Houses!  It all started right here in Chapel Hill.

As part of our continuing efforts to provide support and service to local veterans and our community, we have sponsored the Marathon Jam for Fisher House since 2006.

What’s a Marathon Jam? It is local musicians joining together for a non-political jam to raise awareness and money for military families. They gather at the Chapel Hill American Legion Post at 1 p.m. and play non-stop for twelve hours. New musicians join in all day long to give others a break and the music continues.  Learn more

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98 Years Young

We have entered our  98th year, as we were formed on October 28, 1919.  That is right.  We gathered at a convention in Raleigh earlier that year to form a North Carolina Department of the American Legion and then formed our post.  We incorporated on November 30, 1934.


Carl T. Durham

Our first officers were:

  • Henry V. Koonts, Chairman
  • Henry A. Whitfield, Vice Chairman
  • Luther J. Phipps, Secretary-Treasurer (and later an Orange County Judge and American Legion NC Department Commander)
  • Carl T. Durham, Member Executive Committee (Carl Thomas Durham was a U.S. Representative, 8th District, North Carolina, learn more)
  • luther-j-phippsH. J. Campbell was elected to membership in the new Post.
  • D. O. Granht was elected delegate to the NC State Convention to be held in Raleigh on October 31, 1919.

Other members in attendance were Henry A. Whitfield, Daniel L. Grant, Thomas P. Lloyd, and H. W. Ledbetter.

From 1919 to 1931, the post members met at many different places, including local schools.  Then in the Spring of 1931 they built our first home–a log cabin with basement.  Years later, Judge Luther J. Phipps shared his remembrances.

Judge Luther J. Phipps shared his recollection of the building of the log cabin.  At the dedication of our current post home he said, “Many of you will remember Easter Morning 1931, when we took our axes and saws and went into the woods on Carl Durham’s and Sam Durham’s properties and cut and barked the logs with which the old hut was built.  That served as the meeting place through the remainder of the depression, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, another world war, the Korean Conflict, and until recently.”

This is just one of hundreds of stories we will share as we build our new post home for “the next fifty years” and more.  You are welcome to submit a family or personal story about the American Legion in Chapel Hill, as we are now working on our 100th anniversary and commemorating the event with the dedication of our new post home in 2019.  For the next two years we will do things to build up to that special event.

Submit your stories and pictures to us by email to or by U.S. Mail to:

Chapel Hill Post No. 6, American Legion, Inc.
Attn:  Post Adjutant, Historical Project
P.O. Box 2323
Chapel Hill, NC  27515

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