With Sadness We Say “Farewell, Bud…”

There is a moment in our lives where we are called to share sad news.  Today, is one of those moments. I am incredibly sad to share with you the loss of Major Everett “Bud” Hampton, United States Marine Corps (Retired), a native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, and a resident of Chapel Hill for over sixty years.  Bud was 97 years of age and passed away peacefully this morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Durham VA’s Hospice Center.

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State Commander James Moore Visited Post 6

A one hundred-year-old American Legionnaire arrived at Chapel Hill Post No. 6 to an official “Piping Aboard” of a dignitary.  The post members stood at Attention throughout the Post Home as the Post’s Ship’s Bell rang and the honorary Bosun’s mate announced, “Elmer Hughes, Arriving!”

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National D-Day Memorial

The story about the Bedford Boys is a tale of country kids who signed up for the Reserve to receive extra pay for weekend drills.  Pearl Harbor changed all of that and the men of Bedford, Virginia, was ordered to active duty and that led to a D-Day Landing.  In 2011 a Chapel Hill High School 10th-grader, Gracian D’Cruz, asked the Chapel Hill Knights of Columbus and other  local veteran groups  to help sponsor a project to fund the National D-Day Memorial.  It was in financial trouble and local students wanted to help.  Local vets led by American Legionnaires Jerry Pilarski and Lee Heavlin worked to help the students.  Chapel Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars  Post 9100 also  provided funding and support and, in June students and veterans travelled to Bedford for the 67th D-Day Commemoration events. Gene and Louise Drogos also made the trip. 

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History Shared and Preserved

“PH” Craig, a long time Chapel Hill resident, has been making significant donations to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  These are gifts from the heart as they are items from his former extensive collection of historic vehicles.  His story is one of sharing and giving back, so that others may see first hand North Carolina and American History.

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Post History Shared

As you look around the new post you will see member-provided memorabilia.  Items will appear on the walls.  There are command plaques, paintings, pictures and more.  There are also some items that have a history…a Post historical item.  It could be a flag, book, map, or decor.  All these things decorate our post in the same way that we post things around our own homes, dens, offices, and yards.  

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