Moore County Veterans Memorial, Carthage
Quincy Edgerton, Clinton, N.C., Designer
Clinton Marble & Monument Co., Foundry
This memorial consists of two black granite slabs, each 3,000 pounds, on which the names of almost 150 Moore veterans killed in the past 100 years are inscribed beginning with World War to the present. Behind the two black granite slabs are two smaller gray granite slabs where the names of more than 1,000 other veterans from Moore County are inscribed. Completing the monument are three flag poles surrounding the sculpted figure of an eagle atop a smooth stone base. The black granite centerpiece bearing the eagle 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. 21 marble slabs flanking the center on the left and right bear the names of veterans living and deceased from Moore County. The memorial is intended to add names of future veterans to the slabs.
November 11, 2006
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Black granite, grey granite, and bronze
Town of Carthage
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 also 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 the veterans' sacrifice to their country. Four white doves were also released by two funeral employees to symbolize freedom and peace. The ceremony was then closed by the playing of “Taps” on a trumpet.
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.
Controversy began in 2012 around the possible building 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 continued to comment that ““I’m not against Bojangles’, I’m against where it’s going to be put,” he said. “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.
This Veterans Memorial is located near the intersection of: NC Highway 24/27 and NC Highway 15-501 in Carthage. It is beside a shopping center in the Carriage Oaks Complex. 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 sits in a grassy area with woods located nearby. A paved walkway connects the memorial with the nearby road.
Veterans' Day observance