Jackson County Armed Forces Memorial, Sylva
The Jackson County Armed Forces memorial is composed of two large panels of pink granite standing upright on a pink granite base. Each panel is several inches thick and forms a right trapezoid. The two panels meet at a right angle to each other. One is shorter than the other with its peak being the same height as the short edge of the taller trapezoid. Total height is up to eight feet. Along the left side of the shorter panel the five military coats of arms have been incised. The inscription about the memorial is carved to the right of this column. The names of Jackson County men killed in military service beginning with World War One are inscribed on the inside of the shorter panel and on the larger panel.
Images: About the monument | List of names | Designer and commissioners plaque
Inscription: THIS MONUMENT / IS TO HONOR ALL / THE MEN & WOMEN / OF JACKSON COUNTY / WHO SERVED / HONORABLY IN THE / ARMED FORCES OF THE / UNITED STATES AND IN / MEMORY OF THOSE WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / THEIR COUNTRY / THIS THE 25TH DAY OF MAY / 1986
War Dead list left column: WORLD WARS I AND II [59 names]
War Dead list right column: [I and II cont. 23 names] / KOREA [4 names] / VIET NAM [8 names] / LEBANON [1 name]
Design/Commissioner Plaque: DESIGNED BY / DEBRA DAVIS / BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS / WAYNE HOOPER / ROBERT BLANTON / VERONICA NICHOLAS / SERVICE OFFICER / PATSY WOMACK
May 25, 1986
35.373780 , -83.227640 View in Geobrowse
Salisbury pink granite and bronze plaque
The welcome speech was given by Wayne Hooper, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Retired Air Force Colonel Dean Martin was the primary speaker. Gold Star Mothers were recognized during the ceremony.
The memorial stands in a grassy area just to the left corner of the old Jackson County Courthouse which now houses the public library. Nearby is a marker to the Founding of Jackson County and Time Capsule. Halfway down the impressive staircase in front of the courthouse is the Jackson County Confederate Monument. At the bottom of the staircase are the War Memorial Fountain and the Jackson County Veterans Memorial.
The monument faces the library parking lot. To the rear it overlooks the hilly downtown of Sylva.