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  • Monument Name

    AMVETS Carillon, National Cemetery, Salisbury

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • City

    Salisbury

  • County

    Rowan

  • Description

    A rectangular bronze plaque with a black background is attached to a steel pole. In relief, above the inscription, is the logo for the American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Commemorated was a carillon, which is traditionally considered to be a musical instrument, housed in a bell tower and played by a keyboard. In this case the carillon is a digital system connected to a set of speakers. The bells were to be played at all burials and special occasions but as of 2016 the system had not operated for a least five years per cemetery staff.

    Image (courtesy of Natasha Smith): AMVETS Carillon marker and Pennsylvania Monument

  • Inscription

    AMVETS / PRESENTED AND DEDICATED / A CARILLON / AS A LIVING MEMORIAL / TO AMERICA’S VETERANS / WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY / FOR THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM / JULY 21, 1984 / SALISBURY NATIONAL CEMETERY / “AS THESE BELLS RING…HONORED DEADREST…FREEDOM LIVES…”

  • Custodian

    Salisbury National Cemetery

  • Dedication Date

    July 21, 1984

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.659280 , -80.474870 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Cemeteries - Salisbury National Cemetery," United States Department of Veterans Affairs, (accessed January 22, 2012) Link

      Powell, William S. and Beverly Tetterton. 2006. "Cemeteries, National and State," NCPEDIA, (accessed August 19, 2013) Link

      “Carillon Program,” AMVETS National Service Foundation, (Accessed March 3, 2016) Link

      “Helms Talks Tough Defense To Veterans,” Salisbury Post (Salisbury, NC), July 21, 1984, 1, 16

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    AMVETS (American Veterans)

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Several hundred people attended the ceremony including veterans of World War Two, Korea and Vietnam. Senator Jesse Helms was the key note speaker and used the stage to call for a continued strong national defense and against Communism. Three musical selections were played on the bells during the ceremony to include “Amazing Grace.” The plaque was unveiled by AMVETS National Commander Robert L. Wilbraham and Donald M. Skinder from the Veterans Administration. The Salisbury-Rowan Chorale Society also participated in the ceremony, singing the national anthem and other patriotic songs.

  • Subject Notes

    The AMVETS Memorial Carillon program dates to 1948 when AMVETS sought an appropriate memorial to honor those who had given their lives in World War II. After studying the commemorations of other organizations to the dead of other wars, AMVETS decided that a “living” memorial in the form of a carillon was most appropriate. The first carillon was installed at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and dedicated by President Harry S. Truman on December 21, 1949 with his now immortal words that form part of the Salisbury plaque inscription, “…As these bells ring …honored dead rest … freedom lives…” The Salisbury carillon was the 28th installed. As of 2016 a total of 92 carillons had been installed across the United States with more still to come.

  • Location

    The historic section of Salisbury National Cemetery is located at 202 Government Road in Salisbury. The marker stands near the main entrance to the cemetery, next to the Pennsylvania Monument. The Gettysburg Address Plaque and the Bivouac of the Dead Plaque are located a short distance from both memorials.

  • Landscape

    The bronze plaque attached to a steel pole stands on the cemetery lawn, surrounded by shady trees, bushes and tombstones.

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