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  • Monument Name

    Veterans Memorial, Saluda

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    Spanish-American War, 1898

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean War, 1950-1953

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • Creator

    Jerry M. Russell, Designer

    McMahan Memorials, Inc., Builder

  • City

    Saluda

  • County

    Polk

  • Description

    The Veterans Memorial stands as a 6.5-foot tall granite obelisk, mounted in a concrete platform. The front face of the obelisk displays the inscription honoring the armed forces of Saluda. On the left side face, the name of the monument is displayed, and on the right side face, the dedication date is inscribed. There is a chain connected to four short poles encompassing the memorial platform on three sides, and a granite bench stands directly in front of the obelisk on the same concrete platform. The granite bench is about a quarter of the height of the obelisk, with two legs and a flat seat bearing an inscription of the wars the veterans fought in. Dispersed along the side borders of the obelisk and bench are six rectangular plates built within the concrete platform, displaying titles of the divisions of armed forces that fought in wars.

  • Inscription

    Front, obelisk: THIS MEMORIAL WAS / ESTABLISHED TO GIVE / HONOR AND SPECIAL / COMMENDATION TO ALL / MEN AND WOMEN OF THE / SALUDA AREA WHO SERVED / IN THE ARMED FORCES OF / AMERICA. THE SERVICE THEY / GAVE IN PEACE AND WAR / TO THEIR COUNTRY IS / ETERNALLY APPRECIATED.
    Front, base: DESIGNED AND ERECTED BY: / DR. JERRY M. RUSSELL
    Left, obelisk: VETERANS / MEMORIAL
    Right, obelisk: DEDICATED ARMISTICE DAY / NOVEMBER 11, 2001
    Bench Inscriptions: Top, face: SPANISH AMERICAN WAR / WORLD WAR I / WORLD WAR II / KOREAN WAR / VIETNAM WAR / PERSIAN GULF WAR
    Platform Inscriptions:
    Top, lower right box: ARMY
    Top, middle right box:
    Top, upper right box: AIR FORCE
    Top, lower left box: NAVY
    Top, middle left box: COAST GUARD
    Top, upper left box: MARINES

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 2001

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.235960 , -82.348620 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “Memorial Day ceremonies, events,” Times News (Hendersonville, NC), May 26, 2014

      Howard, Stanley and Terrie Howard. “Veterans Memorial,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org (accessed February 2015) Link

      Todd, Mark. “Saluda man plans memorial for military veterans,” Times-News Online (Hendersonville, NC), August 15, 2001, (accessed May 19, 2015) Link

      “Saluda Faces: Doc Russell,” Saluda Lifestyles (Saluda, NC), April 1, 2011, (accessed May 19, 2015) Link

      “Saluda Veterans Memorial,” Waymarking.com, (accessed May 19, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Dr. Jerry M. Russell

  • Subject Notes

    Dr. Jerry Russell, the sponsor of the memorial, is a current Saluda resident and Navy veteran who had interest in such a project for many years. He personally raised funds for the monument, and his childhood memories of trainloads of soldiers coming through Saluda inspired him to have the memorial located right next to the railroad tracks near Main Street.
    McMahan Memorials, Inc. participated in the construction of the Veteran Memorial project.

  • Location

    The memorial is located on a 10-by-10 foot plot of ground beside the railroad tracks next to Main St. and across from State Rd. To the right of the memorial is a cylinder-shaped monument dedicated to the deceased woodmen of Pine Camp 482 from Saluda. Other surrounding markers within shouting distance of the marker include a small marble block in memory of Wilkes County resident Greg Granger, and a dark marble marker behind the Veterans Memorial honoring Saluda’s Chief of Police Andrew Williams.

  • Landscape

    The memorial platform sits in the large grassy area adjacent to the railroad tracks, surrounded by a row of trees on each side of the marker. Additionally, there is a square flower garden in front of the memorial, maintained by the Saluda Woman’s Club.

  • Post Dedication Use

    A Memorial Day Program takes place annual at the site of the memorial, organized and produced every year by Dr. Jerry Russell. At the annual Memorial Day services, events typically include a flag raising, the national anthem, the register of new veterans, and an awards presentation.

  • Approval Process

    Dr. Jerry Russell obtained permission from the city of Saluda and the Saluda Women’s Club in order to carry out the project. Per his initiative, the city granted the land on which to erect the Veteran's Memorial Monument by the railroad tracks.

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