Freedom Memorial Park Monument to WWI, 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
35.055770 , -78.886890
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Lafayette Society, The Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, Citizens of Cumberland County
The monument stands in the Freedom Memorial park surrounded by other war memorials.
The monument was the brainchild of Martha Duell, president emeritus of the Lafayette Society.