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  • Monument Name

    West Chatham Veterans Memorial, Siler City

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Spanish-American War, 1898

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean War, 1950-1953

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

    Iraq War, 2003-2011

    Afghanistan War, 2001-2014

  • Creator

    Chatham Monument Company, Builder

  • City

    Siler City

  • County

    Chatham

  • Description

    The West Chatham Veterans Memorial is formed by a line of nine granite tablestones standing on the same double base. The center stone has a flat top with a carved spread-wing eagle. The four stones to either side have slanted tops and rise in height giving the appearance of a gable topped wall. These stones list military veterans from Chatham County beginning with the Spanish American War. The center stone’s front is engraved with a large V. Inside the V is an engraved coat of arms of the five branches of the military. Above the V is the Great Seal of the United States. The back of the center stone has a POW/MIA symbol in the upper right hand corner. The main portion of the back shows a soldier with bowed head and hands on a battle cross with the United States flag waving above. Three flag poles stand behind the memorial flying the US flag, the North Carolina state flag and the POW/MIA flag. Two markers flank the memorial; one with committee members and the other with an abbreviation key. A large concrete courtyard with six stone benches surrounds the memorial along with lighting and attractive shrubbery.

    Images: Center stone, front | Center stone, rear | Rear view of the memorial | Memorial Committee plaque | Abbreviation key plaque | Front angle view | Memorial benches

  • Inscription

    Center stone, front: WEST / CHATHAM / VETERANS / MEMORIAL / WHEN WE WERE NEEDED / WE WERE THERE

    Base, front: DUTY HONOR COUNTRY

    Center stone, rear: ALL GAVE SOME… / SOME GAVE ALL

    Base, rear: UNCOMMON VALOR WAS A COMMON VIRTUE

    Committee plaque: WEST CHATHAM VETERANS MEMORIAL / COMMITTEE / CHAIRMAN: RALPH PARKER / VICE-CHAIRMAN: JESSE ALBRIGHT / TREASURER: SAM ADAMS / ROBERT WHITE RONNIE WHITE / JACK MOODY / MONUMENT DESIGNED BY / CHATHAM MONUMENT COMPANY

    Abbreviation key plaque: [Left column] WORLD WAR I WWI / KOREA ROK / CUBA / ENDURING FREEDOM AFG / WAR ON TERROR GWOT / PEACETIME PT / [Right column] WORLD WAR II WWII / VIETNAM RVN / DESERT STORM DS / IRAQI FREEDOM IRQ / PERSIAN GULF WAR PGW / [Bottom] ✯DENOTES KILLED IN ACTION

  • Custodian

    Town of Siler City: Parks and Recreation Department

  • Dedication Date

    May 14, 2016

  • Decade

    2010s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.717830 , -79.454240 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “West Chatham Veterans Memorial, Siler City, NC,” Waymarking.com, (accessed December 28, 2016) Link

      “West Chatham Veterans Memorial/Goldston Veterans Memorial,” Chatham County Historical Society, chathamhistory.org, (accessed December 28, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite, bronze, concrete

  • Sponsors

    West Chatham Veterans Memorial Committee

  • Location

    The memorial is located at Bray Park on South 2nd Avenue in Siler City, NC. The memorial is to the right of the parking area.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is located in an open lawn area surrounded by mature trees in a city park.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Memorial Day services are held annually at Bray Park, Siler City, NC.

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