Each year our VFW members from C.V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 work with Post 6 to commemorate Memorial Day. We join them as American Legionnaires to decorate graves, host a Veterans’ Memorabilia Museum, and an Open House with a Memorial Day service and concert at our Post.
This year will be a little bit different as we adjust to Covid-19 and NC Executive Orders to “Stay at Home.” Nevertheless, we will continue and host what we can. We do this because thousands of local service men and women from Chapel Hill, Durham, and Orange County have served in uniform. And, thousands of them are now interred in local cemeteries.
We can not let them be forgotten. Memorial Day is our time to recognize and remember the dead and we shall do that every year.
What we do is also important. No, it is essential to the morale and well-being of those who are survivors of the fallen local veterans. Our Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery grave decoration and ceremonial at the cemetery is part of our Post’ traditions. We are observed. We are judged. We, too, will be remembered.
This month Walter Magazine, published in Raleigh, has published a few pictures of our cemetery event taken by Susan P. Murray. In the accompanying story, Susan was quoted as saying, ““When I photograph the Flag Placement Ceremony, I do it because I believe that someone, on the other side of the world, is placing a flag at my grandfather’s grave, saluting and saying his name out loud,” Yes, we are making a difference and will continue to do so. It is our mission, our responsibility, and our solemn duty.
You can read the full story, “A Place for Patriotism: Memorial Day Flag Ceremony of American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6” on line. Just click here.