We are not sure how many World War II veterans are living in and around Chapel Hill, but we do know that we have a few at our post. In fact, several of them are very active in post affairs and represent the post and their service at military commemoration and service events.
What is really amazing is that two are 95 years old! They are Major Elmer Hughes, USAF (Retired) and Major Everett “Bud” Hampton, USMC, (Retired). Major Hughes served as a bombardier over India and Major Hampton fought his way island-to-island on his way as a young enlisted Marine to Iwo Jima, earning him a battlefield commission.
You are encouraged to seek out these two men on Memorial Day or on the Saturday before as they decorate graves, attend Memorial Services, or display mementos and artifacts on Memorial Day.
Do you know of a home bound World War II, Korean War, or Vietnam veteran? Why not stop by this coming weekend and visit with them. Maybe you might even invite them and take them to Post 6 for the Memorial Service at 11 am and the Village Band Concert at 12:30 pm. They will meet other veterans and have a chance to honor our deceased veterans of Chapel Hill.
Memorial Day in Chapel Hill is about remembering and honoring our deceased veterans.