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  • Monument Name

    Freedom Memorial Park Monument to WWI, Fayetteville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War I

  • City

    Fayetteville

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    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.

  • Inscription

    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”

  • Custodian

    Freedom Memorial Park

  • Dedication Date

    April 13, 1999

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.055770 , -78.886890 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Cumberland County World War I Memorial," War Memorials HQ, (accessed January 20. 2014) Link

      "Freedom Memorial Park," Freedom Memorial Park, (accessed February 13, 2011) Link

      Jacobs, Chick. "Martha Duell Receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine," The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC), July 10, 2010

      Sergeants Major Association, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. "World War I, The War that Ended All Wars. THE FOLLOWING CUMBERLAND MEN PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE - THEIR LIVES," (accessed January 20, 2014) Link

      Waymarking.com. "Cumberland County World War I Memorial," (accessed June 25, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Lafayette Society, The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, Citizens of Cumberland County

  • Landscape

    The monument stands in the Freedom Memorial park surrounded by other war memorials.

  • Approval Process

    The monument was the brainchild of Martha Duell, president emeritus of the Lafayette Society.

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