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  • Monument Name

    Alamance County Fallen Heroes Memorial, Graham

  • Type

    Public Space

  • Subjects

    Tragedy

    Voluntary Organizations

    First Responders

  • Creator

    Tom Flood, Designer

  • City

    Graham

  • County

    Alamance

  • Description

    The 40-foot by 140-foot brick-and-granite memorial honors police officers, firefighters, EMS employees and emergency communicators from Alamance County who died in the line of duty since 1934. Each name is engraved on a granite memorial. The site includes a a 75-foot brick walkway leading to a circle with two 8-foot structures opened up like a book displaying the names of the fallen heroes and prayers for each respective division. The space has also places for contemplation.

    Images: Police Officers Prayer | Brick Walkway | Last minute preparations before the dedication ceremony | Flags |

  • Inscription

    Law Enforcement / WILLIAM BRYANT DAVIS / WILLIAM ALTON RODERSON JR. / GEORGE LEE LASHLEY / JERRY GILDEON DAVIS / ADELBERT S.WILLIAMS / SONNY W.VAUGHN / MORCELLUS P. ROBERTSON / LAWRENCE GEORGE GOWENS / GEORGE J. MASSEY
    Firefighters / GREGG HINSON / JERRY DONLEY
    EMS / John Holland / Michael P Mcginnis
    C-COM 911 / WILLIAM DALE GLOSSON / REBECCA BALDWIN STIDHAM

  • Dedication Date

    May 18, 2013

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.065210 , -79.402130 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Alamance County Fallen Heroes Memorial," (accessed April 23, 2012) Link

      "Fallen Heroes Memorial Makes Progress," The Times News (Burlington, NC), April 16, 2012, (accessed June 21, 2012) Link

      "Firefighters Compete in Challenge to Raise Funds," The Times News, April 17, 2011, (Burlington, NC), (accessed June 21, 2012) Link

      "Graham to Break Grounds for 'Fallen Heros' Memorial," Myfox8.com, October 7, 2011, (accessed June 21, 2012)

      "Ground Will Be Broken Saturday On Fallen Heroes Memorial," The Times News (Burlington, NC), October 6, 2012, (accessed June 21, 2012) Link

      "Photo gallery," WFMY.NEWS.2, (accessed January 22, 2014) Link

      "Work Begins Tomorrow For Fallen Heroes Memorial In Alamance," The News & Record (Greensboro, NC), October 7, 2011, (accessed June 21, 2012)

      Abernethy. Michael D. "Monument to heroes: Long-planned memorial set for unveiling," Time-News, thetimesnews.com, May 8, 2013, (accessed January 22, 2014) Link

      Huffman, Steve. "Memorial dedication honors local fallen heroes," Times-News, thetimesnews.com, May 11, 2013, (accessed January 22, 2014) Link

      Kozierachi, Evan B. "Update: Fallen Heroes Memorial," The Times News (Burlington, NC), July 16, 2011, (accessed June 21, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Brick, Marble, Granite

  • Sponsors

    Alamance County Fallen Heroes Memorial Committee, Ladies Auxiliary of the Graham Fire Department

  • Monument Cost

    The monument's cost is estimated $200,000.

  • Subject Notes

    The project has taken nearly five years for it to become a reality and it serves as a special reminder to the families of fallen heroes who've served so diligently in Alamance County.
    On May 18, 2013, the monument lists nine police officers, four firefighters, and two EMS workers who have lost their lives while on duty since 1934. According to the Memorial's official website, "the criteria for the remembrance on this memorial is the Line of Duty Death serving the citizens of Alamance County or born in Alamance County and have died elsewhere as an Emergency Services worker serving another community. This memorial incorporates all of the Emergency Services that protects and serves our County."

  • Location

    The monument is located on the South side of the Alamance Children's Museum, at 217 S. Main St., Graham.

  • Landscape

    The memorial site includes trees, shrubs, and hedge landscaping.

  • Approval Process

    The memorial to honor fallen heroes from Alamance County was an idea inspired by Scott Wicker and Steve Lineberry. The Alamance County Fallen Heroes Memorial Committee then began to create plans to develop a memorial near the Children's Museum in Graham. Plans were publicly announced in 2010 and the layout was constructed by a landscaping director at Elon University, Tom Flood. David Leonard, a fire marshal and part of the Alamance County Fallen Heroes Committee, was able to secure support from the Alamance County Commissioners after making a presentation on the status of the Fallen Heroes Memorial on April 19, 2010.

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