World War One Dead Memorial, Kenansville
The monument to World War I dead is made of three granite slabs on a single granite base. The center slab is double the height of those on its flanks at approximately eight feet. The center slab has inscriptions on both sides. The front has an incised wreath tied with ribbon as the only decorative feature on the memorial. The flanking slabs list men from Duplin County who died in the war, 29 names in total. The man’s home community, rate or rank and branch of service and the dates of birth and death appear below their names.
Images: Rear view
Front center: DEDICATED / TO THE / HONORED MEMORY / OF DUPLIN COUNTY SONS / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN WORLD WAR I
DONATED BY / DUPLIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY / ALFRED LEWIS SMITH / INGRAM AND INGRAM ATTORNEYS
Front, proper right: [Two columns with eight names total]
Front, proper left: [Two columns with eight names total] Rear center: WORLD WAR I / 1914 – 1918 / FROME LITTLE TOWNS IN A FAR LAND WE CAME. / TO SAVE OUR HONOR AND A WORLD AFLAME. / BY LITTLE TOWNS IN A FAR LAND WE SLEEP / AND TRUST THAT WORLD WE WON FOR YOU TO KEEP.
DEDICATED MAY 26, 2017
Rear right: [Two columns with five names total]
Rear left: [Two columns with eight names total]
May 26, 2017
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“Duplin County Historical Society,” Duplin County Historical Society, (accessed July 28, 2017) Link
“Duplin County Unveils Memorial Honoring World War I Dead,” WNCT, May 26, 2016, (accessed July 28, 2017) Link
“Monument Dedicated to Duplin County World War I Servicemen,” WITN, May 26, 2013, (accessed July 28, 2017) Link
Duplin County Historical Society, Alfred Lewis Smith and Ingram & Ingram Attorneys
The World War I memorial along with World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, and Veterans Memorial are all located on the South Grounds of the Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville. The courthouse address is 112 Duplin St, Kenansville, NC 28349.
The monument stands on the lawn of the Duplin County Court House.