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  • Monument Name

    Cumberland County WWII Memorial, Freedom Memorial Park, Fayetteville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Fayetteville

  • County

    Cumberland

  • Description

    The Cumberland County World War Two memorial consists of a trio of tablestone style granite markers setting at approximately 30 degree angles to each other. The center stone is slightly shorter than those on the flanks and has a small globe on top and an incised quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt on the front above a list of war dead. At the base of this stone is a small lectern shaped granite block inscribed with the Cumberland County Seal. To the left stands a stone with a clipped left shoulder and an incised quote from General Douglas McArthur and a list of names. To the right is a stone with a clipped right shoulder and a quote from General Dwight D. Eisenhower and a list of names. A pair of bronze feathers, each tied with a bow, brackets the title of each tablestone: PACIFIC THEATER, WORLD WAR II, and EUROPEAN THEATER. Each stone stands on a single base and are six to seven feet tall. A small area in front of the memorial is paved with concrete lined with red bricks. Facing the memorial is a granite bench.

    Images: Center marker | Right marker | Left marker | Cumberland County Seal | Back side

  • Inscription

    Center, front: WORLD / WAR / II / “IN THE TRUEST SENSE, FREEDOM CANNOT BE BESTOWED; / IT MUST BE ACHIEVED.” FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT / [Two columns with 34 total names]
    IN HONOR TO THE FALLEN SONS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY

    Center, rear: ERECTED AND DEDICATED BY / THE LAFAYETTE SOCIETY, THE FAYETTEVILLE INDEPENDENT / LIGHT INFANTRY AND THE CITIZENS OF CUMBERLAND COUNTY

    Left stone: PACIFIC / THEATRE / “NO MAN IS ENTITLED TO THE BLESSINGS OF FREEDOM UNLESS / HE BE VIGILANT IN ITS PRESERVATION.” GENERAL DOUGLAS MCARTHUR / [Two columns with 32 total names]

    Right stone: EUROPEAN / THEATRE / “HISTORY DOES NOT LONG ENTRUST THE CARE OF FREEDOM / TO THE WEAK OR THE TIMID.” GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER / / [Two columns with 32 total names]

  • Custodian

    Fayetteville Parks and Recreation

  • Dedication Date

    August 14, 2005

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.055590 , -78.886820 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Freedom Memorial Park," Freedom Memorial Park, (accessed February 13, 2011) Link

      Rodgers, Nate. "Nearly 500 gather at Fayetteville park to remember the fallen," May 30, 2016, http://wncn.com, (accessed May 12, 2017) Link

      “Freedom Memorial Park,” Waymarking.com, (accessed April 20, 2017) Link

      “Lori Farmer Sings at Fayetteville Dedication,” Brave Bulletin (University of North Carolina-Pembroke), 7.3 (2005), 14-15

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Lafayette Society and the Fayetteville Light Infantry

  • Location

    The monument is located across the street from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Freedom Memorial Park, which is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street, in Fayetteville, NC. Nearby in Freedom Memorial Park are several other monuments, including World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and an All Services Dedication.

  • Landscape

    The open lawn of this hillside park also features a fountain and other memorials to veterans of American wars.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremonies have been held at Freedom Memorial Park since 2005. In November 2013, the 3rd annual Heroes Homecoming event was dedicated to the Korean War and included appearances from the stars of the television show MASH.

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