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  • Monument Name

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

      "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

      Herring, Brandon. "Fayetteville Marks Memorial Day in Freedom Park," wncn.com, June 10, 2013

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

      Rodgers, Nate. "Nearly 500 gather at Fayetteville park to remember the fallen," May 30, 2016, http://wncn.com, (accessed May 12, 2017) Link

      “Freedom Memorial Park,” Waymarking.com, (accessed April 20, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

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

  • Location

    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.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by low evergreen bushes.

  • Post Dedication Use

    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.

  • Approval Process

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

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