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American Legion Post 6 To Honor Women In The Military For Memorial Day

CHAPEL HILL-Memorial Day is a time to remember all different kinds of war veterans, but one local event will be especially dedicated to the women who have served the country.

The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project is a library collection at UNC-Greensboro that documents women in the military through various artifacts. On Monday, project curator Beth Ann Koelsch will come to Chapel Hill’s American Legion Post 6 to discuss the impact of females who have served the country.

“We encourage all female veterans to come by and talk to her and maybe even participate in an oral interview at some future date,” says American Legion Post 6 Commander Lee Heavlin. “Or, if they have something they want to drop off for the collection, they’re also welcome to do that.”

The project has existed at UNC-G since 1998, and the collection includes photographs, uniform items, and letters, among other items.

Heavlin says a variety of women in the UNC system have direct ties to the military.

“The university is a magnet for people from the military,” he says. “A lot of them go into nursing and such. Those uniform items and their histories…have a story to tell.”

The project’s memorabilia will be on display at the American Legion following an open house that begins at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. For more information on the Betty H. Carter Women’s Veterans Historical Project, click here.


Local Closures For The Memorial Day Holiday

ORANGE COUNTY-: Numerous local residents are on vacation this weekend in honor of the Memorial Day holiday, and several local establishments and services are also taking a break.


In Chapel Hill, the Community Center will be closed Monday, along with the Plant Road administrative office. Residential trash collection will not take place on Monday, and all Monday routes will instead move to Wednesday, May 29. However, curbside recycling will go on as scheduled.

The Chapel Hill parking office will be closed on Monday, but there is some good news for motorists: All on-street parking meters will be free for the day, along with the Wallace Deck and town-owned lots. The Chapel Hill Transit will not operate at all on Monday and will resume normal service on Tuesday. The Chapel Hill Public Library will be open from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


A number of county-wide programs are also taking a break; the Orange County Landfill will be closed on Monday, along with all Solid Waste Convenience Centers and the Solid Waste Administration Office. However, curbside recycling collections will go on as scheduled. All Town of Hillsborough offices will be closed on Monday, along with the Main Library in Hillsborough, the Seymour Center, and the Orange Senior Center. Orange County Animal Services will be closed Monday, and residents should call 911 to report any animal-related emergencies. OWASA offices will be closed Monday, but University Lake and the Cane Creek Reservoir will remain open from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.


In Carrboro, garbage collection also will not take place on Monday. Monday trash will be picked up on Tuesday instead. The Orange County Carrboro Branch Library will be closed Sunday and Monday.


Don’t forget that registration for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s summer programs for non-Chapel Hill and Orange County residents also begins on Memorial Day, starting at 8:30 in the morning. Non-residents may register in person at the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, the Chapel Hill Community Center, Hargraves Community Center, or Homestead Aquatic Center; however, since not all of those locations are open on Memorial Day, interested participants may also register online here.