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  • Monument Name

    Jackson County Armed Forces Memorial, Sylva

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War I

    World War II

    Other Wars

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Korean War, 1950-1953

  • Creator

    Debra Davis, art student at Southwestern Technical College, Designer

  • City

    Sylva

  • County

    Jackson

  • Description

    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

    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

  • Custodian

    Jackson County

  • Dedication Date

    May 25, 1986

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.373780 , -83.227640 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Veterans’ Memorial to Be Dedicated,” Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC), May 24, 1986

      “Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva, North Carolina,” Bobbystuff.com, (accessed July 2, 2021) Link

      “Jackson County War Monument,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed July 23, 2021) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Salisbury pink granite and bronze plaque

  • Sponsors

    Jackson County

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    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.

  • Location

    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.

  • Landscape

    The monument faces the library parking lot. To the rear it overlooks the hilly downtown of Sylva.

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