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  • Monument Name

    Yadkin County Veterans Garden, Yadkinville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean War, 1950-1953

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

    Iraq War, 2003-2011

  • City

    Yadkinville

  • County

    Yadkin

  • Description

    The central element of the memorial consists of five rectangular granite pillars standing on a low multi-tier base with a lintel connecting the pillars across the top. Near the top of each pillar is an incised coat of arms of five branches of the military. From left to right: Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines and Coast Guard. Across the front face of the lintel are the words DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY. The structure stands approximately 20 feet tall. Behind this feature are a flag pole and the dedication plaque. In front is a large granite circle several inches high on a concrete pad. In the center of the circle is a large star of darker granite. The center of the star appears to have held a small plaque at one point. All that is visible is the outline. The four corners of the memorial area are marked by narrow granite slabs several feet tall, two at each corner, with the incised names of American conflicts beginning with World War One. Nearby are a self-propelled howitzer and a small Korean War era military helicopter.

    Images: Angle view | Back left corner | Back right corner | Block at flagpole | Dedication inscription | Howitzer | Rear view | Front left corner wall inner inscription | Star

  • Inscription

    Dedication plaque at flagpole: YADKIN COUNTY VETEREANS GARDEN / ERECTED AND DEDICATED TO COMMEMORATE / ALL YADKIN COUNTY VETERANS WHO SERVED / THEIR COUNTRY. / YADKIN COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL COMMITTEE / C. PHILLIP MENDENHALL, CHAIRMAN / GRADY HUNTER, CO-CHAIRMAN / RALPH RAY, COMMANDER, V.F.W. / MEL SPEAS, COMMANDER, AMERICAN LEGION / PHIL MARTIN, RECREATION DIRECTOR / BIL RUTLEDGE, YADKIN RIPPLE / JOHN PAULSON, V.F.W. / LEVERN SPILLMNAN, V.F.W. / JIMMY VARNER, COUNTY MANAGER / CLYDE WALL, AMERICAN LEGION / THIS MEMORIAL WAS MADE POSSIBLE / THROUGHT THE DONATIONS, PLANNING AND / DEDICATION OF INDIVIDUAL, CHURCH AND / CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS. / DEDICATED ON November 11, 1993.

    Stone block at flagpole: "MANY GAVE SOME; / SOME GAVE ALL"

    Lintel above five columns: DUTY HONOR COUNTRY

    Front left corner wall outer Inscription: YADKIN COUNTY

    Front right corner wall outer inscription: VETERANS GARDEN

    Front left corner wall inner inscription: OPERATION DESERT STORM / IRAO KUWAIT

    Rear left corner wall inner inscriptions: KOREAN WAR WORLD WAR I

    Rear right corner wall inner inscriptions: WORLD WAR II VIETNAM

  • Custodian

    Yadkin County Recreation Department

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 1993

  • Decade

    1990s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.118050 , -80.638040 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Harrison, Kitsey Burns. ‘Veterans Day Celebrated at Yadkin County Park,” Yadkin Ripple (Yadkinville, NC), November 17, 2015, (accessed March 21, 2021) Link

      Jarvis, Robin. “Climb Inside an Old Military Helicopter at a County Park in North Carolina,” Only In Your State, September 2, 2020, (accessed March 21, 2021) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Yadkin County Veterans Memorial Committee

  • Location

    Yadkin County Veterans Garden is located at 6600 Service Rd, Yadkinville, NC 27055. The park is not visible from the road. It is fronted by the Yadkin Family YMCA.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is located in a rolling landscape county owned park with walking and jogging trails and a small fishing pond.

  • Post Dedication Use

    Veterans Day Observations held each year at Yadkin County Veterans Garden.

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