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  • Monument Name

    Harnett County Veterans Memorial, Lillington

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War I

    World War II

    Spanish-American War, 1898

  • City

    Lillington

  • County

    Harnett

  • Description

    The memorial consists of three granite panels. The center vertical marker has etched wording on it. Two smaller horizontal panels on either side have bronze plaques with the names of veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II. The vertical marker is approximately 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide, horizontal panels are approximately 2 and 1/2 feet tall and 3 and 1/2 feet wide.

  • Inscription

    Center Panel. THIS MEMORIAL PRESENTED TO THE / CITIZENS OF HARNETT COUNTY / BY THE HARNETT COUNTY BOARD OF / COMMISSIONERS THROUGH THE HARNETT / COUNTY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION / IN HONOR TO THOSE WHO SERVED / THEIR COUNTRY
    Left column: MEMBERS OF / MEMORIAL / ASSOCIATION / FRED D. JACKSON (CHM) / L.B MCLEAN (SEC) / FRANCIS DUNCAN / CARL A BYRD (PUBLICITY) / L.E MCKNIGHT / O.K KEEN / FRANK LEWIS / 1917-1918
    Right column: BOARD OF COUNTY / COMMISSIONERS / ANGUS A. CAMERON / L.A TART / R.L PATE / L.R BYRD / FERD D. JACKSON / 1941-1945
    Center: ERECTED 1949

    Left Panel: IN MEMORY OF / HARNETT COUNTY VETERANS / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / IN WORLD WAR I / JESSE M. AVERY / WALTER K. BAREFOOT / CHESTER A. BARNES / HENRY T. BUCHANAN / GILBERT CAMERON / ANDY COLLINS / THOMAS H. COLEVILLE / KING DUDLEY / RUSSELL JARMAN / JAMES A. JOHNSON / JOHN A. JOHNSON / WILLIAM F. JONES / RAS MATTHEWS / W.H. MATTHEWS / WALTER P. MATTHEWS / ALLEN B. MCLEAN / COLON G. SHAW / CHARLIE G. SMITH / ARTHUR R. STEWART / PALMER E. AUTRY / CHARLES E. BAGGETT / EDGAR W. BAGGETT, JR. / V. WINSTON BARNES / EDWARD E. BEASLEY / JESS G BEASLEY / CHARLES E. BENNETT / HERMAN A. BENNETT / WILLIAM C. BENNETT / JOHN B. BETHEA / JAMES B BLALOCK / FRANCIS BROUGHTON / LEWIS B. BUIE / WILLIAM BUTLER / HOWARD BUTTS / FRED M. CAUDELL, JR. / EUGENE COFIELD / OTIS COLVILLE / EDWARD CONNER / JACK D. GORE / ODIS E. GORE / ALLIE R. CURRIN / CHESTER A. DAVIS / ALVAH J. DENTON / ROBERT L. DEW / ARNOLD DOUGLASS / WILLIAM DOUGLASS / WILLIAM DOUGLE / EDWARD R. ENNIS / GEORGE L. FUQUAY, JR. / JOHN H. GILES, JR. / VERNON L. GODWIN / LAURIE J. GRIFFIN / CLARENCE R. HAIR / JOHN D. HARRINGTON / CHARLES T. HENRY / JAMES E. HOCKADAY / ROBERT S. JERNIGAN / ROBERT H. JOHNSON

    Right Panel: HARNETT COUNTY VETERANS / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / IN WORLD WAR II / WARREN H. JOHNSON / JOHN E. KING / SAMUEL E. KNOX / FULTON P. LANIER, JR. / JAMES H. LEE / JOHN L. LEE / JASPER LUCAS / HERBERT LUCAS / MARGARET E. LUCAS / DAVID D. MAHONE / CHARLES D. MARZADRO / ROBERT L. MCKINNEY / JAMES G. MCLAMB / MURDOCK M. MCLAUGHLIN / LESLIE A. MCNEILL / RALPH K. MITCHELL / EARL S. MOORE / SILAS E. MOORE / FRED A. MYATT / WILLIAM NORDAN / JOSEPH M. MORRIS, JR. /HENRY C. OUSLEY, JR. / BRENTON C. PAGE / WILLIAM W. PARKER / WAYLON T. PLEASANT / KENNETH M. RAYFORD / WORTH T. REGISTER / HAYWOOD B. ROBERTS / JOHN C. RYALS / JOSEPH RYALS / CHARLIE SANFORD / HUBERT L. SILLS / ERNEST A. SIMMONS / DORSEY W. SLAUGHTER / BENJAMIN W. SMITH / JAMES M. SMITH / JERRY A. SMITH / WILLARD J. SMITH WILLIAM G. SPIVEY / PAUL R. STARLING / ALBERT M STEPHENSON / CLYDE L. STEWART / ROGER H. STEWART / WILLIAM M. STONE / ROBERT V. SUGGS / WINDSOR B. SURLES / ATLAS C. TART / WILLIAM P. TART / GEORGE D. THOMAS / JAMES H. TRIPP / WILLIAM A. TYNDALL / BOYD VUNGANNON / TILGHMAN L. WADE / JAMES O. WARREN, JR. / WILLIAM J. WASHINGTON / HOWARD WELLS / HOWARD W. WEST / CHARLIE V WILSON / RALPH L .WINSTEAD / JAMES O. WOOD

  • Dedication Date

    May 30, 1949

  • Decade

    1940s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.419860 , -78.808410 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Harnett County Veterans Memorial Marker." Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed June 13, 2015) Link

      "Harnett County Veterans Memorial," http://www.historicalmarkerproject.com, (accessed June 13, 2015) Link

      "Harnett Plans Memorial Rites." The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), May 27, 1949

      "NAMES OF ALL HEROES BEING SOUGHT." Harnett County News, June 3, 1948

      “NOTICE.” Harnett County News, June 3, 1948

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Harnett County Board of Commissioners

  • Monument Cost

    $3,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The dedication of the monument was held Monday morning at 11 o’clock on the courthouse square. Clinton Beckwith, the assistant attorney general of North Carolina and a World War I veteran, spoke at the dedication. Rev. Frank Blue gave the invocation. The county school superintendent and former commander of the Lillington Legion Post, Reid Ross, presided over the ceremony.

  • Subject Notes

    On June 3rd, the Harnett County Veterans’ Association put out a notice in the Harnett County News appealing to families to send them the names of service men and women both white and colored. The notice said that the names were needed in order to be engraved on a bronze plaque for a monument in Courthouse Square.

    In 2003 a new courthouse replaced the Old Harnett County Courthouse built in 1897.

  • Location

    The monument is located in Courthouse Square to the right of the Harnett County Courthouse.

  • Landscape

    The monument is in a grassy field in a planting bed setting, fronted by a sidewalk where pedestrians can easily view it.

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