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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In the Spotlight — Regina Merritt

Our post dinners, socials, meetings, projects, and fundraisers keep our members busy. Some are even busier, because they volunteer to lead projects and programs with their church, other fraternal groups, and clubs. Still others find time to accept additional challenges that puts them “in the hot seat.” That’s those jobs where you get real busy tackling the tough jobs. Jobs that can make you wonder, “Why me?”

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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.

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