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  • Monument Name

    Pitt County Veterans Memorial, Greenville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • Creator

    Clifton-Clifton Monuments, Elizabeth City, NC, Builder

  • City

    Greenville

  • County

    Pitt

  • Description

    This Veterans Memorials is the centerpiece of a grouping of memorials to Pitt County war dead that includes a World War One, World War Two, Korean War dead marker and Vietnam, Iraqi War dead marker originally located at the county courthouse along with a Fallen Soldier memorial. The marker is a granite stele with a flat arch top on a single base. The base and marker stands roughly seven feet tall. The stele has a simple inscription and the seal of five branches of service incised into the granite. Moving clockwise from the noon position are the Army, Airforce, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Behind the memorial grouping are six flag poles.

    It was discovered in 2005 that the Latin motto for the Marines, "Semper Fidelis," or "always faithful," was misspelled as "Semper Fider" on the monument and the Coast Guard's "Semper Paratus", which translates to "Always Ready", was also misspelled as "Semper Haratus."

    Images: Dedication

  • Inscription

    IN HONOR / OF / AMERICAN VETERANS

    DEDICATED 1989

  • Custodian

    Greenville City Recreation and Parks

  • Dedication Date

    May 29, 1989

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.615330 , -77.371940 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Batchlelor, Scott. “Misspellings Plague Monument,” The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC) May 30, 2005

      “Recreation And Park Facilities,” Greenville North Carolina, (accessed September 2, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Pitt County Veterans Council

  • Monument Cost

    $1,600 for engraving. The stone was donated.

  • Location

    The Pitt County Veterans Memorial is located on the Town Commons, at 105 E. 1st Street in Greenville, NC. Other memorials at this location include a Fallen Soldier memorial, the Old Brickell Cannon, World War One, World War Two, Korean War memorial, Vietnam, Iraqi Freedom memorial, and a Millennial Sundial.

  • Landscape

    The Town Common features 21 acres of open green space located adjacent to the Uptown Greenville District. The Town Common is connected to the South Greenville Greenway by paved walk-ways, the Town Creek Bridge, a 1500-foot river walk and WWI Memorial Bridge along the Tar River.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Annual Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day activities take place on the Town Commons.

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