Dare County Veterans Memorial, Manteo
Clifton-Clifton Monuments, Elizabeth City, NC, Builder
The granite monument has a three faced center column flanked by two smaller single face columns. The memorial is approximately 12 feet wide and 7 feet high. The center column in addition to inscriptions has carved insignia representing the Army, Air Force, Merchant Marines, Navy and Marines. On the front face of the center column is a peace dove flying above stacked rifles. Red brick laid in a herring bone pattern surrounds the monument. A bronze plaque listing the War Memorial Committee member’s names is set into the brick directly in front of the monument. Two granite benches sit to either side and a nautical flag pole stands directly behind the center column.
Front, top of center column: IN HONOR OF ALL WHO SERVED
Front, bottom of center column: DARE / COUNTY / VETERANS / MEMORIAL / 1989
Front, left column: WORLD WAR I / 1917-1918 / DENNIS S. TWIFORD / WORLD WAR II / 1941-1945 / THOMAS S. FEARING / M. BLACKWELL CREEF / LAWSON H. BARNETT / CHARLES F. MIDGETT, JR. / NORMAN W. PAYNE / JAMES D. WILLIAMS / DARIUS T. MIDGETT / ROBERT W. DUVALL / PALMER L. GRAY / ELVIN E. HOOPER / THOMAS R. JOHNSON / JOHN A. MACKEY / JOHN C. O’NEAL / CHESLEY G. WISE / MYRON F. HOOPER / EDWARD D. MIDGETT
Front, right column: KOREA / 1950-1953 / IRAQ / 2003- / M. HUGH CADDY / VIETNAM / 1964-1973 / HERMAN C. CAHOON / WILLIAM S. SIMMONS, JR. / LEO M. JENNETTE / WILLIAM SIEGRIST / RONNIE H. BEALS
Front, base: THE GENTILE WAIL OF A BUGLER’S TAPS ECHOES IN HONOR OF THESE OUR FALLEN
November 10, 1989
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“Crowd Gathers To Memorialize War Dead,” The Coastland Times (Manteo, NC), November 12, 1989, 1
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“Memorial Holiday Calls Attention To Plans in Dare,” The Coastland Times (Manteo, NC), May 28, 1989
“Veterans Remembered,” The Coastland Times (Manteo, NC), October 31, 1989, 1
Dare County War Memorial Committee
After a program of patriotic music by youth from county schools, members of the fund-raising committee uncovered the flower bedecked monument. The day’s moderator, Moncie “Punk” Daniels III, told the crowd estimated at 200 people that “patriotism, like religion, is not inherited, it must be taught.” Names of those on the monument were read aloud followed by a gun salute and the playing of taps.
The memorial is located at the intersection of Sir Walter Raleigh Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue on the southwest lawn of the Dare County Historic Courthouse at 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue. In July 2010, the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) relocated to the building.
The monument seats on a well maintained lawn surrounded by low boxwood bushes.