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  • Monument Name

    World War I and II Dead Plaque, Gastonia

  • Type

    Plaque

  • Subjects

    World War I

    World War II

  • City

    Gastonia

  • County

    Gaston

  • Description

    The memorial is a rectangular bronze street sign with the identical inscription on both sides. Above the inscription is the logo for the American War Mothers. The plaque is framed by two steel poles and a steel scroll top piece with the shape of a vase above the plaque.

    Images: Far-off view

  • Inscription

    MEMORIAL TO / WORLD WAR I & II DEAD / ERECTED BY / GASTONIA CHAPTER / AMERICAN WAR MOTHERS / 1950

  • Custodian

    City of Gastonia and American Legion Post 23

  • Dedication Date

    October 1950

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.260310 , -81.182820 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Memorial to WWI and II dead erected by Gastonia Chapter American War Mothers, 1950 (photo 00166003)" from "American Military Museum Gastonia, Gaston County," NC Department of Cultural Resources, (accessed April 2, 2016) Link

      “American Military Museum,” Visit Gaston County, (accessed March 10, 2016) Link

      “Community Center, Gastonia, N.C.,” in Durwood Barbour Collection of North Carolina Postcards (PO77), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Link

      “War Mothers Unveil Plaque,” The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), October 17, 1950, 65

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze plaque, steel pole and frame

  • Location

    The memorial plaque stands at the sidewalk directly in front of the Gaston County War Memorial Hall at 109 W. 2nd Ave, Gastonia, NC. The Memorial Hall was dedicated in 1930 to honor veterans of all wars. This building now houses an American Military Museum. Several other military related markers and memorials are attached to the building walls and occupy the grounds around the building. Revolutionary War Plaque is attached to an outside wall near the entry door to the Gaston County War Memorial Hall. World War One Memorial is located in front of and to the right of the Memorial Hall.

  • Landscape

    The memorial plaque on two poles stands under mature trees.

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