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  • Monument Name

    Duplin County Veterans Memorial, Kenansville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • City

    Kenansville

  • County

    Duplin

  • Description

    The Duplin County Veterans Memorial is located on the property of the Duplin County Courthouse, directly in front of the the courthouse steps. This monument features a bronze eagle on top of a hexagonal obelisk and is approximately 7-9 feet tall. The bottom of the obelisk is formed by a six sided bronze base on which the United States seal and the five service seals are cast. The base of the monument is formed by three large, square blocks of granite of decreasing size stacked on top of one another. Two granite benches stand on the left and right side of the monument.

  • Inscription

    Front, Base: DEDICATED IN HONOR / AND RECOGNITION OF ALL / DUPLIN COUNTY VETERANS / WHO HAVE SERVED / IN THE MANY / STRUGGLES FOR FREEDOM

    Rear, Base: ERECTED BY / THE CITIZENS OF DUPLIN COUNTY / MAY 30, 1988

  • Custodian

    City of Kenansville

  • Dedication Date

    May 30, 1988

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.962550 , -77.962280 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Duplin County Veterans Memorial, Kenansville," in "Veterans Memorials, A Catalog of Remembrances," (accessed October 25, 2014) Link

      "Duplin County Veterans Memorial," Waymarking.com, (accessed February 20, 2014). Link

      “County Commissioner Meeting Minutes, April 1, 1985,” Duplin County Register of Deeds.

      “County Commissioner Meeting Minutes, October 19, 1987,” Duplin County Register of Deeds.

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze Eagle, Granite Obelisk, Granite Base

  • Sponsors

    Citizens of Duplin County

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Sonny Sikes made the initial proposal for the dedication date at the Duplin County Board of Commissioners meeting on October 19, 1987. The date was set for May 30, 1988.

  • Location

    Located off of NC-11 at NC-27 in front of the Duplin County Courthouse on Court Street. Citizens pass by the monument as they enter and leave the courthouse. Parking for the courthouse is located in front of the monument, and the steps to enter are located behind the monument.

  • Approval Process

    On April 1, 1985, the Duplin County Board of Commissioners supported the building of a memorial monument that would be dedicated to veterans from multiple wars. It would be located at the end of the courthouse lawn. The board sought donations for the memorial project from the citizens of the county (Duplin County, NC Register of Deeds: Book 56, Page 736). On October 19, 1987, Sonny Sikes discussed with the board the dedication date and design of the veterans memorial monument. He also requested that lights be installed around the monument so flags could be flown at night (Duplin County, NC Register of Deeds: Book 65, Page 233).

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