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  • Monument Name

    Dare County Veterans Memorial, Manteo

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean War, 1950-1953

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

    Iraq War, 2003-2011

  • Creator

    Clifton-Clifton Monuments, Elizabeth City, NC, Builder

  • City

    Manteo

  • County

    Dare

  • Description

    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.

  • Inscription

    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

  • Dedication Date

    November 10, 1989

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.909840 , -75.669900 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “Crowd Gathers To Memorialize War Dead,” The Coastland Times (Manteo, NC), November 12, 1989, 1

      “Dare County Veterans Memorial, Manteo, NC,” Waymarking.com, (accessed June 3, 2015) Link

      “Dare County Veterans Memorial,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed June 3, 2015) Link

      “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

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Dare County War Memorial Committee

  • Monument Cost

    $20,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    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.

  • Location

    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.

  • Landscape

    The monument seats on a well maintained lawn surrounded by low boxwood bushes.

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