To honor the men and women who have served in our armed forces, a new flag pole was erected and dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015 on the property of The Historic Chamberlin, a retirement community in Hampton.
A special ceremony featuring residents of The Chamberlin and representing all branches of the United States Armed Services was held as the first flags were raised and a plaque dedicated in the space overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
“About 30% of the people living here at The Chamberlin are veterans,” says Jack Butz, himself a retired US Air Force Captain and the man who initiated the drive to design and build the new pole. “Our residents are coming together to honor all of those who have served our nation and have come through this region and this historic site specifically.”
The project was initiated and has been spearheaded by Captain Butz who saw the need soon after moving to The Chamberlin in January. Since then he has rallied residents to fund the project with donations, and managed the approval process to build the lighted monument and pole.
“Because it is an historic site and technically land still owned by the Army, we had to go through several levels of approval to place the new pole and plaque, from the federal government to the Fort Monroe Authority,” says Jack. “But everyone has been very supportive and we got all the approvals a lot faster than we thought.”
“The military connection is part of our surroundings and part of the life of the Chamberlin,” says Doug Buttner, Regional Director of Operations for Harmony Senior Services, operator of The Chamberlin. “We see this as a fitting way to celebrate all who have served and applaud Jack and all our residents for their initiative and dedication.”
Included in the ceremony were several Chamberlin residents representing branches of the U.S. military along with representatives from Langley Air Force Base.
Chamberlin Service Representatives
Army: Donald Petersen
Marines: John Daugherty
Coast Guard: Charles Scott
Navy: Curtis Miller
Air Force: Harry Lee
Spouses: Kay Handley
The plaque was mounted on an original seawall stone from a beach at Fort Monroe will be placed at the base of the pole and includes insignia representing all branches of the armed forces. It reads:
Dedicated to the valiant men and women of the United States military past and present.
Donated by the residents of The Chamberlin, 11 November, 2015
John Hutcheson, Fort Monroe Authority, Sean Fisher, Veolia Water
Langley Air Force Base Color Guard