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  • Monument Name

    World War One Memorial, Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont

  • Type

    Obelisk

  • Subjects

    World War I

  • Creator

    Charlotte Marble and Granite Works, Builder

  • City

    Belmont

  • County

    Gaston

  • Description

    The monument is a granite obelisk standing 25 feet tall on a multi-tiered base. Inscriptions appear on two sides of the largest, upper base block. The monument is encircled by 14 granite post, six feet apart and connected by a bronze chain. The bodies of four Belmont men who died in the war were moved to site of the monument and were honored at the dedication. Four small grave markers with the initials of the dead are set on each side of the obelisk. Although the inscription is dated August 15, 1922 the dedication ceremony was held on August 27.

    Images: Front Inscription | Rear Inscription | C.G.S. grave marker | M.A.W. grave marker | L.C.W. grave marker | W.A.A. grave marker

  • Inscription

    Front: WILLIAM A. AUTEN, / PVT. 1 ST . CL. CO. C., 318 TH / MACHINE GUN BN. 81 ST . DIV., KILLED IN ACTION / NOV. 10, 1918. / CHARLES G. STOWE, / PVT. 1 ST . CL. CO. C., 167 TH / INF. 42 DIV., / KILLED IN ACTION / SEPT. 26, 1918. / MELVIN A. WARE, / PVT. U.S. ARMY / DIED IN THE SERVICE / OCT. 21, 1918. / LONNIE G. WALTERS, / SEAMAB 1 ST CL. U.S.S. NEVADA / DIED IN THE SERVICE / JULY 14, 1919.

    Rear: ERECTED UNDER THE AUSPICES / OF THE / AUTEN – STOWE / POST NO.144 OF THE / AMERICAN LEGION / BY THE CITIZENS OF THIS / COMMUNITY IN GRATEFUL / MEMORY OF THEIR SOLDIER / DEAD. / AUG. 15, 1922

  • Custodian

    City of Belmont

  • Dedication Date

    August 27, 1922

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.236990 , -81.044070 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Greenwood Cemetery," http://www.findagrave.com, (accessed April 1, 2016) Link

      “Monument Erected By Belmont People To Their Soldier Dead,” The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), August 25, 1922, 3

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Auten-Stowe American Legion Post #144

  • Monument Cost

    Approximately $1,000

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    At the late Sunday afternoon ceremony, Herley P. Gaston who represented the fundraising committee presented the monument to the community. It was accepted on behalf of Belmont by Professor F.P. Hall. Kale Burgess, adjutant of the North Carolina Department of the American Legion was the keynote speaker. The monument was unveiled by Miss Ruby Ware, the eight year old sister of one of the men to whom the memorial was dedicated. The unveiling was followed by the sounding of taps and the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner."

  • Subject Notes

    The Auten-Stowe American Legion Post was named in honor of two Belmont men killed on Flanders Fields in Belgium and who are buried at the base of the obelisk.

  • Location

    The monument is located in the circle in the center of Greenwood Cemetery located on the 400 block of South Main Street in Belmont.

  • Landscape

    The memorial obelisk is surrounded by tombstones.

  • Death Space

    Yes

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