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  • Monument Name

    Moore County Veterans Memorial, Carthage

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • Creator

    Quincy Edgerton, Clinton, N.C., Designer

    Clinton Marble & Monument Co., Foundry

  • City

    Carthage

  • County

    Moore

  • Description

    This memorial consists of two black granite slabs, each 3,000 pounds, on which the names of almost 150 Moore County veterans killed in the past 100 years are inscribed beginning with World War I to the present. Behind the two black granite slabs sit two smaller gray granite slabs where the names of more than 1,000 additional veterans from Moore County are inscribed. Completing the monument, three flag poles surround the centerpiece, the sculpted figure of an eagle resting atop a smooth stone base. The black granite pedestal of the centerpiece is inscribed with the five branches of the military. The flags flown include the U.S. flag, the North Carolina flag, and the Prisoner of War flag. Twenty-one marble slabs flank the center on the left and right and bear the names of veterans living and deceased from Moore County. The monument forms a right angle, with the inscribed slabs extending to the left and right of the flag poles and eagle sculpture at the center. The memorial is intended to include the addition to the slabs of the names of future veterans as time goes on.

    Images: Plaque by the flagpole | Right granite slab | Left granite slab

  • Inscription

    Flagpole plaque: MOORE COUNTY / VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE / RAYMOND DOBY - CHAIRMAN / RUBY H. HENDRICK - SEC./TRES. / JOANNE J. ATKINS / ROBERT D. COOKE / ANNIE PAGE / E. VERNON GARNER / GEORGE N. HUNT - VETERANS SERVICES OFFICER / CYNTHIA P. BREWER - ASST. VETERANS SERVICES OFFICER / CARLA JOHNSON - VETERANS SERVICES ASST. / DEDICATED NOVEMBER 11 , 2006

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 2006

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.339590 , -79.401180 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Veterans Memorial Moore County, NC," Panoramio.com, (accessed January 7, 2013) Link

      "Veterans Memorial," County of Moore North Carolina, (accessed January 7, 2013) Link

      Gilkeson, Florence. "Veterans Memorial Dedicated," The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC), November 10, 2007, (accessed January 7, 2013)

      Gilkeson, Florence. “Honoring Those Who Sacrificed.” The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC), October 13, 2006, (accessed January 7, 2013) Link

      Lentz, John. “Compromise Reached in Veterans' Memorial Issue,” The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC), August 8, 2012, (accessed January 15, 2014) Link

      Lentz, John. “County Delays Action on Veteran's Memorial,” The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC), August 22, 2012, (accessed January 7, 2013) Link

      Lentz, John. “Veterans Protest Possible Bojangles' Near Memorial,” The Pilot (Southern Pines, NC), July 20, 2012, (accessed January 7, 2013) Link

      Waymarking.com. "Moore Co. Veterans Memorial, Carthage, NC." (accessed January 7, 2013) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Black granite, grey granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Town of Carthage, Moore County Veterans Memorial Committee

  • Monument Cost

    $71,543

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The Moore County Veterans Memorial was dedicated and unveiled on November 11, 2006. It was estimated that more than 1,000 people gathered at the memorial site at Carriage Oaks Complex in Carthage. Congressman Howard Coble unveiled the monument with Raymond Doby and Robert D. Cooke, who represented the Memorial Committee. The ceremony was extremely moving. Cheryl Gilmore sang the "National Anthem", and “Salute to the Armed Forces” was sung by the Sandhills Teen Challenge Choir. Veterans were asked to stand when their branch was sung. After the monument was unveiled, each name inscribed on the granite slabs was read individually followed by the toll of a bell to honor that veteran's sacrifice to his/her country. Four white doves were also released to symbolize freedom and peace. The ceremony was closed with the playing of “Taps” on a trumpet.

  • Subject Notes

    The memorial is the inspiration of Raymond Doby, a veteran, who had a brother killed in action in Italy during World War I. Doby approached the Town of Carthage with the concept, and the town subsequently set aside the land where the memorial now stands. The Moore County Memorial was constructed to honor veterans from Moore County.

  • Controversies

    Controversy began in 2012 around the possible construction of a fast food restaurant near the monument. The Pilot, Moore County’s local newspaper, quoted veteran Ronnie Comer as he called the memorial “sacred ground” and commented that “I’m not against Bojangles’, I’m against where it’s going to be put. . .I don’t want to be sitting there, thinking about my father, and hear ‘May I take your order?’ It’s like putting a Bojangles’ in the middle of a graveyard.” As of early 2013, the issue remained unresolved.

  • Location

    This Veterans Memorial is located near the intersection of NC Highway 24/27 and NC Highway 15-501 in Carthage. It sits near a shopping center in the Carriage Oaks Complex.

  • Landscape

    The memorial sits in a grassy area with woods located nearby. A paved walkway connects the memorial with the nearby road.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Veterans' Day observance

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