WOW! COVID is preparing to move on to history 2019-21. We are gathering throughout the area to remember those who have fallen during a conflict, or after returning home from service.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and reflection as we honor those who died in conflict or as post-conflict as a veteran of active military service. Veterans Day, however, celebrates the service of all Veterans, living or dead, and their contributions to our country and community.
Event 1, Saturday, May 29th. Post 6 joins with the community, as well as other local veterans and service groups, to honor the dead on Memorial Day. In fact, our remembrance begins on Saturday morning, Memorial Day weekend.
We gather at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Legion Road early on Saturday, May 29th.
The first cars appear at about 6:15 a.m. There are veterans, families, and friends of veterans–all with a common mission–to place flags on the marked graves of veterans at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Legion Road. All are welcome.
At about 6:30 a.m. instructions are provided and flags passed out. Hundreds of flags are on station and there are plenty for everyone–this is a family event.
You are invited to join us and, if you have a veteran buried there, we will give you a flag to place to personally place on their grave. Scouts from Chapel Hill Troops 835 and 505 join us each year.
Local media may attend the flag placement and memorial service. Attendees may be photographed and interviewed.
Event 2, Saturday, May 29th. Flag placement is followed by a short Memorial Day Weekend Saturday Service at 8 a.m. The American Legion this year will honor Major Everett “Bud” Hampton, USMC (Retired). Bud passed away on May 13th, 2021, at the age of 97. We select one World War veteran’s grave to represent all fallen veterans and hold their service at the honored gravesite. Look for the large flags and assembly near the center of the cemetery.
Did you know that Memorial Day, or the decoration of graves by widows, started in the South? It dates back to the Civil War and the decorating of soldiers graves by widows and family. It was called Decoration Day and finally Memorial Day. Learn more
Event 3, Monday, May 31th. The Orange County Veterans Memorial Committee is hosting a memorial service at the Veterans Memorial site on Homestead Road, (above Seymour Center) It starts with seating by 7:45 am and the raising of colors promptly at 8 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service. Local Veterans on motorcycles may be also be present. The motorcycle motorcade, if present, will depart at about 9:15 for the American Legion Post Home to participate in a motorcade from Legion Road’s historic American Legion site to their new home at 3700 NC HWY 54 W, Chapel Hill.
THERE ARE NO EVENTS AT THE CHAPEL HILL MEMORIAL CEMETERY ON MONDAY, MAY 31st. OUR EARLY MORNING SERVICE IS NOW AT THE ORANGE COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL. LEARN MORE
Event 4, Monday, May 31ST – American Legion Post Home. On Monday, our Post will hold an OPEN HOUSE AND FOOD DRIVE on Monday. The doors open at 11 a.m. after the arrival of the motorcade from Legion Road. There is with a Post memorial service at about 11:30 a.m.
We ask all attendees to take a peek in their pantry to locate non-perishable food. Then bag or box it and bring it with you. All contributed food will go to local folk in need of help during these very trying times.
The Village Band will provide a quartet and perform an indoor concert in the Post Hall immediately following the memorial service. The performance starts at 1:00 p.m. Mobile Maple View Mobile Ice Cream will be on site for the events
Need an event flyer for our Monday, May 31st events? TO BE PROVIDED SOON