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  • Monument Name

    Lincoln County Veterans Memorial, Lincolnton

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

  • Creator

    J. C. Rudisell, Sculptor

    Gene Hall, Builder

    Wyncoff Monuments, Foundry

  • City

    Lincolnton

  • County

    Lincoln

  • Description

    This granite monument features a globe that rests on top of a tapered pentagonal plinth and short base. The entire work stands about three and a half feet wide and four feet tall. Each of the five faces displays a branch of the armed forces and its insignia, and a veterans’ organization at its base. There are two plaques, one on the western face and a later one on the southeastern.

    The plaque facing west was fist dedicated in 1970 to the citizens of Lincoln County who had served in the armed forces. Originally the plaque was on a fountain but it was moved onto a granite monument in 1993.

    Image: North face

  • Inscription

    West, plaque: VETERANS / MEMORIAL PLAZA / BUILT AND DEDICATED TO HONOR ALL CITIZENS / OF LINCOLN COUNTY WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR / COUNTRY IN THE ARMED FORCES / IN COOPERATION WITH / AMERICAN LEGION / VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS / AND / LINCOLN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS / JAMES W. WARREN, CHAIRMAN / JOHN R. GAMBLE, JR., M.D. LOUIE M. ADERHOLT / A. FERD HOUSER DON W. CHERRY / FRED M. HOUSER, COUNTY MANAGER / VETERANS DAY / NOVEMBER 11, 1970
    West, face: U.S. / ARMY
    West, base: AMVETS
    Southwest, face: U.S. / NAVY
    Southwest, base: AMERICAN LEGION
    Southeast, plaque: VETERANS / MEMORIAL PLAZA / THIS MONUMENT DEDICATED / 13 SEPTEMBER 1993 / REPLACES ORIGINAL MONUMENT / DEDICATED IN 1970 / “LEST WE FORGET” / TODAY, WE HONOR ALL MEN AND WOMEN / WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF / THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / DEFENDING OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOM / LINCOLN COUNTY VETERANS COUNCIL / AMERICAN LEGION / VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS / DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS / AMERICAN VETERANS / VIETNAM VETERANS / IN COOPERATION WITH / JOHN C. (J.C.) RUDISILL - CHAIRMAN / STEVE McCURRY - SERVICE OFFICER / EDWARD L. HOUSE - SECRETARY / W. DALE PUNCH DAVID CAUDLE / C. LEON THOMAS HARRY C. CRUMP / FREDDIE H. BUMGARNER HAROLD LYNN / ROBERT M. TALLENT TRUMAN L. CARTER / COUNTY COMMISSIONERS / C. HARRY HUSS - CHAIRMAN / DAVID CLARK, JR. JAMES E. HALLMAN / LARRY S. CRAIG RAY E. CLONINGER / LOUIS E. McCONNELL
    Southeast, face: U.S. / AIR FORCE
    Southeast, base: DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
    Northeast, face: U.S. / MARINE CORPS
    Northeast, base: VIETNAM VETERANS
    North, face: U.S. / COAST GUARD
    North, base: VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

  • Custodian

    Lincoln County

  • Dedication Date

    September 13, 1993

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.471260 , -81.257180 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "[Lincolnton] War Memorial, (sculpture)," Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, #IAS NC000298, (accessed March 7, 2013) Link

      Smith, Alice. “Local Vets Honored,” Lincoln Times-News (Lincolnton, NC), November 12, 2004, (accessed February 1, 2015) Link

      “Lincolnton Commercial Historic District,” North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, (accessed February 1, 2015) Link

      “Memorial Photos,” County of Lincoln, NC, (accessed February 1, 2015) Link

      “Veterans Memorial Plaza,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org (accessed February 1, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    The memorial was either paid for with money donated by the Board of Commissioners or by citizens of Lincoln county; sources differ.

  • Monument Cost

    39,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was erected on November 11, 1970 and re-dedicated (adding a plaque) on September 12, 1993.

  • Location

    The monument is located in front of the western entrance of the Lincoln County courthouse. The primary streets of Lincolnton (East and West Main, and North and South Aspen) radiate from the courthouse square; the monument sits across from the beginning of West Main St. The western face of the monument is flush with the street, and the corner between the northeast and southeast faces points directly to the courthouse.
    The surrounding courthouse square is dotted with historic monuments, including the Confederate Monument that sits right to the left and the Lincoln County War Memorial located at the eastern entrance of the courthouse building. A rock with embedded plaque memorializing the 1780 Battle of Ramsour’s Mill is on the North side of the courthouse. The monument to Admiral Rufus Z. Johnston, Medal of Honor, is located to the right of the western entrance of the Lincoln County courthouse.

  • Landscape

    The monument stands on the lawn surrounded by bushes.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Veterans and others gather near the monument to pay respect on Memorial Days.

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