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  • Monument Name

    Guilford County Veterans Memorial, Greensboro

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • Creator

    Walter C. Cockerham, Builder

    Alex Tait and John Yanson, Exhibit Design , Designer

    Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, PA - Greensboro, NC, Architect

    GS Images - Hagerstown, Maryland, Panel Design, Designer

  • City

    Greensboro

  • County

    Guilford

  • Description

    The Guilford County Veterans Memorial is an approximately one-acre memorial complex that contains a curved entryway with the inscription “Welcome to All Visitors.” It is an open circular area marked by a ring of memorial walls filled with inscriptions, with maps and details of Guilford County’s participation in various foreign wars. In the center of these walls stands an obelisk with four sides. On each side of the obelisk there is a bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of those who have served in the military. One wall displays the service seals of all the branches of the United States Military. A ring of bricks lists the names of Guilford County citizens who served in the military. There are two exit paths leading out and posted at the exit is a bronze plaque with the inscription, “When you go home, Tell them of us and say: For your tomorrow, We gave our today.” Several benches surround the memorial complex.

  • Inscription

    Front, left entrance wall: Guilford County Veterans Memorial

    Front, plaque on left entrance wall: This memorial records their fame and preserves / their memory. They followed the path of duty. / Sir Winston Churchill

    Inside, top plaque on left entrance wall: DEDICATED / SEPTEMBER 14, 2002

    Inside, upper middle plaque on left entrance wall: GUILFORD COUNTY / VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE / William H. Craft, Chairman / Louis P. Godwin, Vice Chairman / William F. Black / Edward C. Carson / Walter C. Cockerham / Joseph E. (Ed) Deaton / John M. Farmer / William C. Harris / Nathan B. (Ned) Harrison / Curtis L. Laughlin, Jr. / Carl Seager / Al C. Stewart, Jr. / B. Thomas Ward, Jr.

    Inside, lower middle plaque on left entrance wall: WALTER C. COCKERHAM – BUILDER

    Inside, bottom plaque on left entrance wall: MOSER MAYER PHOENIX ASSOCIATES, P.A. / ARCHITECTS

    Front, Bronze Plaque on Obelisk: Dedicated / to / Those Who Served America / in the / Twentieth Century

  • Custodian

    Greensboro Parks and Recreation Commission

  • Dedication Date

    September 14, 2002

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.124460 , -79.836700 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Guilford County Veterans Memorial, Greensboro, North Carolina," Waymarking.org, (accessed June 10, 2015) Link

      Clark, Doug. “Veterans ' Memorial Holds Special Place,”News & Record (Greensboro, NC), April 21, 2010

      Guilford County, NC VETERANS MEMORIAL, http://gcveteransmemorial.org, (accessed January 21, 2015) Link

      Jenkins, Colleen. “Veterans Ask for Park Space - The Proposed Stone Memorial May Include Excerpts From Veterans’ Letters and A Chapel Or Garden,”News & Record(Greensboro, NC), August 8, 2000

      Veterans Memorial Is Under Way,” News & Record (Greensboro, NC), November 29, 2001

      Wayne, Alex. “A Memorial Built on Honor: Commemorative Bricks Recognize Guilford Veterans,” News & Record (Greensboro, NC), September 14, 2002

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Brick, granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Members of the Guilford County Veterans Memorial Committee: William F. Craft, Chairman; Louis B. Godwin, Vice Chairman; William F. Black; Edward C. Carson; Walter C. Cockerham; Joseph E. (Ed) Deaton; John M. Farmer; William C. Harris; Nathan B. (Ned) Harrison; Curtis L. Laughlin, Jr.; Carl Seager; Al C. Stewart, Jr.; B. Thomas Ward, Jr.

  • Monument Cost

    $400,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Close to a thousand people gathered to observe the dedication of the Guilford County Veterans Memorial on September 14, 2002. The 82nd Airborne’s band played a medley of songs and marched at a spot across the lake from the memorial. Bill Craft, chairman of the committee which built the memorial, gave a speech to open the event. Retired Major General John Admire, President of the Oak Ridge Military Academy, acted as the keynote speaker. Following his speech a bugle played the tune of taps to round off the ceremony. During the day families had the opportunity to explore the memorial and look over the many commemorative bricks.

  • Subject Notes

    The Ring of Bricks featured inside the memorial displays names of service members from the Spanish-American War to the War in Bosnia. One may search for specific names on these bricks on the memorial’s website at http://gcveteransmemorial.org

  • Location

    The Guilford County Veterans Memorial is located in Country Park at 330 South Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.

  • Landscape

    The complex is built in a beautiful wooded area by the Greensboro Country Park Lake Five B.

  • Post Dedication Use

    In recent years, Memorial Day and Veterans Day Programs have been hosted at this site including Black Caps Veterans Group ceremonies.

  • Approval Process

    Bill Craft and five of his close veteran friends proposed the building of a veteran’s memorial in Country Park to the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, August 9, 2000.

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