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  • Monument Name

    Afghanistan, Iraq, War on Terror Memorial, Roanoke Rapids

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Iraq War, 2003-2011

    Global War on Terrorism

    Afghanistan War, 2001-2021

  • City

    Roanoke Rapids

  • County


  • Description

    The Afghanistan/Iraq marker is comprised of a single black granite panel on a double base. The lower base is gray granite and the upper base is black granite. The word AFGHANISTAN in white letters runs down the left side and IRAQ is along the top. Most of the panel is covered with a composite image of a Humvee and soldier in mountainous terrain and a helicopter in the sky above. A Battlefield Cross with period correct helmet, rifle and boots appears in the foreground.

  • Inscription

    Left edge: AFGHANISTAN

    Top: IRAQ


  • Custodian

    Town of Roanoke Rapids

  • Dedication Date

    May 11, 2019

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.461030 , -77.655030 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Martin, Lance. "New Memorial in Veterans Park to Be Unveiled May 11," May 3, 2019,, (accessed February 20, 2022) Link

      “Afghanistan & Iraq Memorial,” The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed February 20, 2022) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Black and grey granite

  • Sponsors

    Toni Outland and Cindy Jenkins

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The Reverend Willie McLawhom, whose son died in Afghanistan in 2010, was scheduled to be one of the speakers. Other speakers were to be Halifax County Commissioner Rives Manning and Reverend Randy Martin.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in the Roanoke Rapids Veterans Park on Roanoke Avenue near the intersection with West 7th Street, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870.

  • Landscape

    The city block with the park is mostly a paved parking lot. The park occupies a narrow strip along Roanoke Avenue. Two large trees and shrubbery decorate the plot. . The "Lest We Forget" Veterans memorial, the Korea/Vietnam War and another small Veterans Memorial most likely relocated from another site occupy the park. A walkway intersects the park, connecting all the memorials.

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