June 7th – Service Project and Parent Meeting

On Wednesday, we will be doing a few service projects  around the American Legion Post, including filling in a rut and clearing out a fire pit. As these projects will require the use of shovels, it is recommended that you bring a sturdy pair of shoes or boots with you.  This work could also be a bit dirty, so consider bringing clothes you don’t mind getting some dirt on as well.

It will be muddy, so bring a change of shoes so we can leave our muddy shoes outside and change in to clean ones so we don’t track mud inside.

While the Scouts are doing this work, parents are invited to a parent meeting to discuss needs, ideas, and goals for the Troop and for Scouts. Leaders want to hear your feedback so please feel free to share your thoughts at the meeting.

There will be no patrol leaders meeting this month.

January 14th – Camping at Legion + Pioneering Skills + Fun on Ice

Carry OnOn January 14th the troop will have a camp out at the legion where we will be honing our winter survival and pioneering skills.  We will work on the old amphitheater behind the legion during the day and go do some fun activity at night.  Hopefully we’ll be going to Triangle Curling to learn about this winter olympic sport.

Please sign up at the calendar.

Troop 505 American Legion Community Service Work Day Sep 7

So Much ConcernOur First Troop meeting for for the 2016 school year will be from 7-9pm on September 7th at the American Legion Post 6.

During this meeting we will be performing various community service activities for improving the American Legion grounds. Please come prepared to work on everything from weeding the flag ceremony area, to edging the sidewalks, to cleaning the up the trash, to clearing the lakeside.

Bring all the necessary tools from your home that might help us imrove the Legion grounds. Make sure to bring goggles, hard toed shoes and gloves for your safety. Do not wear your Class A’s as we will be getting dirty this day. Looking forward to seeing the entire Troop ready to serve our Chartering Organization, the American Legion Post 6


Troop 505 American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony Tenderfoot Flag Etiquette Class Mar 12

We Too Have a Job to doOur next Troop Meeting will be held at the American Legion Post 6 on Wednesday, March 12th from 7-8pm.

During this Troop Meeting we will be having our Winter American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony.

We will also take the time to teach the proper flag etiquette to our Tenderfoot Scouts for their rank requirements.

Parents, Siblings and Friends are encouraged to attend.

Weather permitting, our Flag Retirement Ceremony will be lakeside at the American Legion centered around a campfire where we will have the honor of retiring over 100 American Flags for Chartered Organization, the American Legion. The Flag Retirement Ceremony will be rescheduled 24 hours prior should the weather not be suited for such a ceremony.

American Legion Post 6 Antique Fair Volunteers Needed Mar 28-29

Scouting is OutingThe American Legion will be holding a big antique fair this spring at the post to raise funds.  It will be held on March 28th and 29th between 8am and 5pm. They will need about sixteen young men to volunteer help direct parking and show people where to go, We are expecting a very large crowd.

Please Contact Lyle Miller @ 919-241-4740 or rdu-hunter@earthlink.net to sign-up and volunteer.



Many select Antique Dealers anticipated offering you a wide variety of period as well as primitive furniture. Objects of glass, jewelry, linens, signs, bottles (Coke/Pepsi/dispensary), bric-a-brac, toys, pottery, vintage hardware, pictures/frames/ clothes, household items – kitchen utensils, work shop tools, antique architectural building materials, furniture built from reclaimed old wood, and ephemera – but no collectables produced after 1964 – we are not catering to flea market items.


Why I Belong to the American Legion


a message from American Legion Post 6 Commander, Lee Heavlin

As this writer completes another set of stories about our Post’s activities in Chapel Hill, I am reminded of the value of an active, vibrant post in our community.  No, not just in our community, but in towns, villages, cities and counties throughout our nation.

Have you ever asked yourself, “What would our town be like without an American Legion post?”  ”Do we make a difference?”  For us, I need only point to our recent successes with youth.  Our youth are our future.  They are the future of our country.

We have given support to a Boy Scout Troop and Boy Scout Venture group when others closed their doors to them.  We have hosted numerous programs for the benefit of our area youth, including multiple Cub and Boy Scout Camporees and fishing rodeos.

We have sponsored Oratorical contests that gave local youth a chance to hone their skills and compete against other students in District and Division competition.

Our charter Boy Scout Troop 505 was selected as the American Legion North Carolina Boy Scout Troop of the Year for 2011-12 and was presented with the award at the 2012 North Carolina Convention in Raleigh, NC. These young men are growing fast and learning solid citizenship skills and high honors.  Many have earned Eagle Scout since partnering with our Post.

One Life Scout, Harrison Czajkowski, Troop 505, was selected as the Department of North Carolina winner of the Boy Scout High Adventure Award, which was presented at this year’s North Carolina State

Convention.  Master Czajkowski is an Eagle Scout candidate and should advance to Eagle Scout this summer.

The list goes on, but two more are worthy of special note and they just happened.  Both involve the American Legion North Carolina Boys’ State.

Two young men in our town took top honors at Tarheel Boys State.  Nick Clemens, Carrboro High School, was elected the 74th Tarheel Boys’ State Governor and William Wang, Chapel Hill High School, was elected State Supreme Court Justice.  But, “Wait, that’s not all… There’s more to come!”  Young MasterWang took the state bar examination and not only passed it, but he got the highest score in Tarheel Boys’ State History.

Now the question.  ”Would these young men and women been able to achieve these accomplishments, if the American Legion, your American Legion, was not here in Chapel Hill?

That’s why I belong to the American Legion.  I can join with other veterans who care and who do make a difference in our town.  We join together, share our skills, share our wealth, and continue a long 94-year tradition of “We Care!”  We are here to continue our service to  our country.

Want to learn more about the programs of the American Legion?  Read “Why You Should  Belong.”  When you are done, fill out the application for membership on the last page.  Already a member?  Share the message and encourage your neighbor to get involved with the American Legion.

Troop 505 Featured In Numerous News Media Broadcasts Memorial Day Weekend

T505TVooka message from Lee Heavlin, American Legion Post 6

Media coverage of veterans in Chapel Hill this weekend has been remarkable!  Thank you to Troop 505 and the families for all of your help throughout Memorial Day Weekend.

We got 3/4 front page and above the fold in the Durham Herald Sun (and they wrote a second story on us and put it on the front page, too) and we are in Chapel Hill.  The N&O gave us coverage in two spots.

There has been some strong support for veterans in Chapel Hill these past few days and we received favorable mention on two television stations and both the News and Observer and Durham Herald-Sun.

Here are some links to just some of the many, many stories in print over the weekend. There are more coming and some will not be released until the local newspapers print their Wednesday editions.

The Herald-Sun gave us FIVE stories this week:  See: http://www.heraldsun.com/search?q=chapel+hill+veterans

Veterans care about other veterans: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x1592163207/VFW-American-Legion-care-about-other-veterans

World War II Remembered by Veterans  http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1592163183/World-War-II-remembered-by-American-Legion

News Observer  Service shows need for Memorial  http://newsobserver.com/2013/05/27/2920948/service-highlights-need-for-chapel.html#storylink=misearch

Television and radio coverage.

WTVD gave us all day coverage as a featured story!  They modified the story as the day went on.  All ere most impressive.  Great sound bites.

WTVD.  They sent a film crew to both the cemetery and the American Legion.  This was three hours on-site.  There are three videos.  Chapel Hill cemetery and Legion is one of them.  http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9117426

NEWS-14 Time Warner News set a film crew that spent two hours with us and broadcast live from the cemetery.  We were featured news from 6 a.m. to midnight with two 30 second to just over a minute twice each hour.  See: http://triangle.news14.com/content/694524/chapel-hill-kicks-off-holiday-weekend-with-sunrise-grave-decorating-service

WCHL and Chapelboro.com gave us a lot of coverage all day and days up to our event.  They also gave us print coverage on their website and has about 30 photos on line for viewing.  http://chapelboro.com/photos/memorial-day-at-american-legion-post-6/

Chapel Hill Magazine

Saturday, May 25 Scouts decorating cemetery. http://www.chapelhillmagazine.com/downloads/slideshows/grave-decorating-ceremony/

Events list for Memorial Day  http://www.chapelhillmagazine.com/blogs/chapel-hill-magazine-blog/weekend-best-bets-memorial-day-edition-140/

The News and Observer also had a link to the memorial website for donations and I hope that this link helps us with our fundraising See: http://www.chapelhillmemorial.org/make-donations

Troop 505 American Legion Memorial Day Weekend Community Service May 25-27

Troop 505 has been asked by the American Legion to participate in their Memorial Day Weekend services. If you are available please try to find some time to help. There are many opportunities to serve. ASM Eric Horlbeck will be the Troop adult leading in charge of coordinating the Troop with all Memorial Day Weekend Events. If you have any questions please feel free to contact ASM Horlbeck. To sign up for andy or all if the “Memorial Weekend Events.” Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.


a message from Post 6 Commander Lee Heavlin

Memorial Day Weekend at the American Legion Post 6

We don’t celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day of remembrance of those who died in conflict or as a veteran. Veterans Day, however, celebrates the service of Veterans, living or dead, and their contributions to our country and community

16-Memorial Day Cemetery 2012 LHLong (23)The post joins with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100, 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 early that day at 7 a.m. to place flags on the marked graves of veterans at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. You are invited to join us and, if you have a loved one buried there, we will give you a flag to place on their grave. Scouts from the many Chapel Hill Troops join us each year.

Flag placement is followed by a short Memorial Day service at 8 a.m. in the cemetery plaza. We will tell the story of Memorial Day and recognize local World War II veterans. Did you know that Memorial Day started as a southern event? It dates back to the Civil War and the decorating of soldiers graves by widows and family. Learn more

Bud Hampton

Bud Hampton

Our post will hold an open house on Monday, May 27th, 2013.  The doors open at 10 a.m. with a memorial service at 11 a.m.  Major Everett “Bud” Hampton, USMC (Retired), is our speaker.  Major Hampton is an Iwo Jima survivor, but there is more to his tale. Bud landed in THREE Pacific islands to capture them BEFORE he got to Iwo Jima. He was a seasoned Marine, who saw many island battles by the time he got there! His Marine battalion was used in Corsica for the filming of The Longest Day.  Read biography

You can download a schedule of Memorial Day weekend activities.  Download Memorial Day 2013 Weekend Events

Need a flyer for your school, church, or group?  Download Memorial Day Event Flyer 2013 

Troop 505 Flying Ostrich aka Bryce Sensenig Eagle Ceremony May 15

Growth of a LeaderOn Wednesday, May 15, a Court of Honor Ceremonial Fire will be held for Bryce Sensenig at the American Legion in Chapel Hill.  If weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony the event will be moved inside the Legion.

The reception will start at 8:00 pm and will include plenty of brownies, punch and traditional s’mores. The ceremony will run promptly from 8pm – 8:45pm. Class A required.

Those Scouts already notified as taking active part in the ceremony, please be at the Legion no later than 30 minutes to reception (practice session for participants will be 7:30 – 8:00pm).

Orange District Order Of The Arrow Tap-Out Ceremony Mar 2

The Campfire Story

Troop 505 2013 OA Nominees

As you all know, troop elections have been held earlier than usual this year. This is because the Lodge is offering an opportunity for candidates to go through their Ordeal at Spring PowWow so they are able to attend the Section OA Conclave in April at Camp Durant. We currently planning to have our Tap-Out Ceremony at the American Legion (1714 Legion Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) on Saturday March 2nd at 6:30 pm.  This is where we will announce the successful candidates from the troop elections.   While the candidates are being briefed, Troop 505 will be doing a flag retirement ceremony.

The campfire program will probably take about 30-45 minutes.

Scoutmasters, please arrive at 6:15 so you can verify the names on our list and whether or not they will be present.  This helps us make certain we do not miss anyone.

We are watching the weather…. and working on plan B.  We will send emails/call SMs by noon Saturday if the location changes due to weather.

Troop 505 OA Brothers

We need you all to come out to the Legion at 3:30 to help set up for this event. If you can come to help set up AND be a torch bearer, please send me an email at stephen.c.nuttall@gmail.com  asap but by Thursday, February 28. All Troop 505 Scouts who were nominated for the Order of the Arrow Ordeal a few weeks ago need to be in attendance March 2 for the Orange District OA Tap-Out Ceremony. This is the ceremony normally held at the camporee with torches, campfire, and much pomp and circumstance. It is a great thing to watch. The OA will announce who has been elected at this ceremony, so bring your boy in full uniform and watch a great show.