Cumberland County World War I Memorial, Fayetteville
Standing approximately 6 feet tall, this granite monument is shaped like an open book, angled slightly back as though held by the viewer, with various small rocks on its base. On the left side of the book is the poem “In Flanders Fields” with a small simplistic depiction of a military cemetery above it. On the right side, along the crease, is a downward-pointing rifle with a helmet on top of its stock. There is an inscription beside it.
Left “page”: IN FLANDERS FIELDS / BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN MCCRAE, MD / (1872-1918) / IN FLANDERS FIELDS THE POPPIES BLOW / BETWEEN THE CROSSES ROW ON ROW / THAT MARK OUR PLACE; AND IN THE SKY / THE LARKS, STILL BRAVELY SINGING, FLY / SCARCE HEARD AMID THE GUNS BELOW / WE ARE THE DEAD. SHORT DAYS AGO / WE LIVED, FELT DAWN, SAW SUNSET GLOW / LOVED AND WERE LOVED, AND NOW WE LIE / IN FLANDERS FIELDS. / TAKE UP YOUR QUARREL WITH THE FOE: / TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW / THE TORCH; BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH. / IF YE BREAK FAITH WITH US WHO DIE / WE SHALL NOT SLEEP, THOUGH POPPIES GROW / IN FLANDERS FIELDS.
Right “page”: WORLD WAR I / IN MEMORIAM TO CUMBERLAND COUNTY’S FALLEN SONS / ADCOX, CYRUS P. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / BRADY, BENJAMIN W. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / BROWN, HENRY B. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / BULLA, THOMAS M. (LIEUTENANT, ARMY) / BYRD, NATHAN (PRIVATE, ARMY) / FAIRCLOTH, ARCHIE D. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / GRANTHAM, WILLIAM W. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / HALL, HENRY H. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / HAWLEY, WILLIAM A. (PRIVATE ARMY) / MCLAURIN, WILLIAM (PRIVATE, ARMY) / MCPHAIL, JOHN D. (CORPORAL, ARMY) / PORCELLI, ROBERT (CORPORAL, ARMY) / RASBERRY, ARCHIE C. (CORPORAL, ARMY) / SMITH, NOVITZ (PRIVATE, ARMY) / THAGGARD, WAYMOND T. (PRIVATE, ARMY) / WEST, WALTER (PRIVATE, ARMY) / WHITE, GILBERT (LIEUTENANT, ARMY) / “LAFAYETTE, WE ARE HERE”
Freedom Memorial Park
April 13, 1999
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Lafayette Society, The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, Citizens of Cumberland County
The monument is located across the street from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Freedom Memorial Park, which is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, in Fayetteville, NC. Nearby in Freedom Memorial Park are several other monuments, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and an All Services Dedication.
The memorial is surrounded by low evergreen bushes.
Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremonies have been held at Freedom Memorial Park since 2005. In November 2013, the 3rd annual Heroes Homecoming event was dedicated to the Korean War and included appearances from the stars of the television show MASH.
The monument was the brainchild of Martha Duell, president emeritus of the Lafayette Society.