Veterans Day

There were a number of events honoring veterans in and around Chapel Hill on Veterans Day.  Here is a list of local events honoring veterans in our area.  Of course the event times may change.

Veterans Day Flag Ceremony and Veterans’ Recognition – 7:30 a.m.

St Thomas More Catholic School,  Chapel Hill, holds a morning celebration to honor vets and let them visit with a classroom to answer the students’ questions. This year it is Friday the 10th and they would like to extend the invitation to veterans in our community to join them.

Coffee and donuts are served and veterans are then asked to gather with the students in their gym for introductions.  Veterans are introduced or are asked to give their name, branch of service and when they served.

All school students gather around their school flagpole for their flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m.

Veterans are also invited to visit a classroom for about ten minutes of questions about their service, what is like to serve, and more.  It is a very informal and welcoming environment.

The location is 940 Carmichael, Chapel Hill, NC.  Park by the main church and wall down the hill to the school campus.

Veterans Day Breakfast – Hillsborough

 There is a breakfast honoring veterans as a Veterans Day Event at the Passmore Center on Nov. 10, 2017, from 8:30 to 10:30 am.    The Passmore Center is co-located with the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough off of Hwy 70 at  103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough, NC.

Following the breakfast, there is a Veterans Day ceremony at the Orange County Veterans Memorial above the Seymour Center on Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.  The event starts promptly at 11 a.m.

Register by Friday, Oct 27 for this free breakfast.  Call 919-245-2015 or 919-245-2016.

Contact Ed Gill for more information at 919-732-3468

Orange County Veterans Memorial Event – 11 a.m.

We do hope that you will join us to commemorate Veterans Day at the Orange County Veterans Memorial on Friday, November 10th.  Much has happened at the site since Memorial Day. 

Walkways are appearing, there is a Visitors Kiosk, and the flag is proudly waving.  Veterans Day is Nov 11th, and we are preparing for a ceremony at the site on Friday, Nov 10th at 11 a.m. Our speaker is Larry Hall, Secretary of State for Military & Veterans Affairs. Second Lieutenant Anna Page will serve as the Chaplain. We also look forward to the Civil Air Patrol assisting us. We will post an event program shortly.

Donations are picking up, but there is much yet to do.  We thank the Orange County Commissioners for their generous $15,000 matching fund.  That means that every private donor’s contribution will be matched dollar for dollar up to $15,000.  Why only private?  The memorial is a gift of the people and, although there are large donations, it is you who are the foundation to the memorial.  Your dollars are just as important and will comprise the bulk of the donations made.  Want to make a donation?  Just click here. to visit the memorial website or visit:

Vietnam Veterans Memorial  – 11 a.m.

Vietnam Veterans of America Durham Chapter 530 has been invited to participate in a special ceremony at the Durham Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial. A program has been planned and our part will be to read the names of the Durham Vietnam Vets that were KIA or are still listed as MIA. We could use a few more members / folks to assist with the reading of the names.

The event starts at 11:00 AM. If assisting with the readings, please arrive around 10:45 AM

UNC ROTC Veterans Day – Cameron Ave. Event

The public is invited to join some 80 ROTC cadets and midshipmen in dress uniforms at 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 11) for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at at UNC-Chapel Hill. Veterans will be asked to stand and be recognized when the conflict in which they served is named.

The ceremony will be outdoors at the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Memory of Those Lost in Military Service, located between Phillips (120 E. Cameron Ave.) and Memorial halls. In the event of rain, the program will be in Gerrard Hall at 160 E. Cameron Ave.

A color guard representing all three UNC ROTC programs – Army, Air Force and Naval/Marine – will assemble at 10:40 a.m. before presenting the colors.

This year’s speaker will be Navy Capt. Douglas Wright, professor of naval science for the North Carolina Piedmont Consortium Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), which governs ROTC at UNC, Duke University and North Carolina State University. Wright has commanded ships and submarines and received a Legion of Merit award.

Veterans Day Event – 2 p.m.  – NC Memorial Hospital Lobby


UNC Hospital is hosting their annual ceremony to show appreciation for the many veterans employed by the hospital.  Historically, the ceremony has a couple of speakers, and one of those speakers will be 2nd Vice Commander Bob Medred, who will represent the Post.  He’ll talk briefly about our plans to build a new Post, and we’ll display photo maps of the property.  We hope that announcing our plans for the new Post will interest veterans in becoming members.  Additionally, he’ll formally present the 2017 Post 6 Legionnaire of the Year award to Frank Horner.

We’d like to have as many Post 6 members attend as possible to support Frank and to represent the Post. The ceremony is held in the lobby of the Children’s Hospital.  Parking is available across Manning Ave in the parking deck.  Use the walkover bridge to the hospital.  The ceremony is 10 Nov 17 and starts at 2:00 p.m.  We suggest you arrive at 1:45 p.m.  Parking passes are provided for American Legion members attending; passed out after ceremony.


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