Lenoir County WWI and WWII Memorial, Kinston
The monument is a marble structure that is placed on a raised pediment base. The center is a vertical rectangle with an eagle etched in the top with outstretched wings. Below the eagle is an inscription, which is framed inside a recessed rectangle. The sides of the monument are plain marble panels that cascade down from the center face. They descend 2 and 1/2 feet shorter on either side of the center. These rectangular panels are also vertical and angle slightly back from the center face. On the left side panel facing the monument are the names of Lenoir County citizens who fought in WWI and on the right side panel are the names of those that fought in WWII. Slightly angled are slender vertical pieces of marble that finish the monument on either side. They are etched down the front with long straight indentations to look like flat front columns.
Center, panel: 1917- 1918 1941-1945 / IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE / TOWARD THE LIVING AND / THE DEAD WHO THROUGH / THEIR VALIANT EFFORTS / AND BITTER SACRIFICE / HAVE MADE AMERICA / GREAT IS THIS SHRINE SO / NOBLY DEDICATED / MAY GOD GRANT THAT / THE LIBERTY O MANKIND / WHICH ONLY BRAVE SOULS / WIN AND ONLY VIGILANCE / CAN GUARD SHALL LIVE / ON WITH GREATER/ VIRILITY TO PERPETUATE / ITSELF FOR ALL AGES TO / COME
Left, panel: WORLD WAR I / ALEXANDER, EDGAR P. / ALFORD, JESSE R. / BROWN, FRANK R. / CARPENTER, CHARLES W. / GROOM, JOHN L. / GRADY, JOHN K. / HARRIS, PEARLIE W. / JACKSON, BURWELL C. / MERCER, DON / MORRISON, PRICE / PARROTT, GEORGE E. JR. / PATRICK, LELAND A. / RHODES, GORDON L. / RIGGS, CLEM M. / ROUNTREE, JOESEPH D. / ROUSE, HERBERT / SIMMONS, WILLIE / THOMAS, RICHARD L / TURNER, ARTHUR L. / TYNDALL, MARK W. / WORLD WAR II / ALLEN, HENRY W. JR. / BAKER, EDGAR / BAKER, JAMES E. JR. / BANKS, LESLIE T. / BAREFOOT, EDWARD D. / BARFIELD, NORMAN L / BARROW, CHARLES H. / BROWN, EARL W. FOSS / BRYAN, WALTER C. / BRYD, WILLIAM H. / CAMPBELL, ALAN M. / CARAWAN, BENAGA / CHERRY, GUY T. JR. / COILE, HENRY C. SR. / COLLINS, EDWARD G. / CORE, HARVEY E., JR. / COX, LEWIS E. / CRAWFORD, ZENO /CREEL, DARROW R. III / CUNNINGHAM, ELWOOD N. / DANIELS, CHARLES A., JR. / DAUGHETY, DAVID L. / DAUGHETY, WILLIAM H. / DAVIS, CLARENCE F. / DAWSON, RONALD / DEANS, CLARENCE F. / DUGGINS, HENRY D., JR. / ELMORE, RICHARD / EUBANKS, RAY E. / FARMER, W. WILSON / FARRIOR, JOE P. / FENNEL, LEONARD / JOSHUA D. / FOWEL, ROY M. /FUQUAY, GEORGE L. /FRANKS, DAVID /GERRANS, ALFRED H., JR. / GORHAM, JENNINGS / GOWER, WALDO H. / HADDOCK, ALBERT P. / HALL, ODELL / HARDISON, EARL L. / HARDISON, VERNON P. / HARDY, / STEPHEN P., III / HARPER, ABE G. / HARRISON, GORDON / HART, EDDIE / HICKS, JAMES M. / HILL, MARK D. / HILL, MARION RAY / HILL, MILTON
RIGHT, PANEL: WORLD WAR II /HOLLAND, ACE W. /HOLLAND, JAMES R. / HOLLOMAN, ANDREW / HOSKINS, RICHARD / HOWARD, JAMES S. / HUGHES, ALLEN H. / HUNT, WILLIAM H. / HYLAND, FRANK T. / JENKINS, CHARLES M. / JOHNSON, ARDA J. / JOHNSON, EDWARD E. / KELLUM, WILLIAM F. / KENNEDY, HEADLA H. / KENNEDY, JOSEPH W. / KING, ENIT B. / LANGSTON, ROBERT G. / LEE, REX E. / LAWSON, CLEO / MALPASS, ELBERT L. / MANNING, CARL L. / MEWBORNE, LEMUEL J. / MOORE, AMOS / MOORE, JOSEPH L. / MOORE, LEAVY J. / MYERS, JOHN W. / MCDEVITT, CHARLES W. / NEWELL, JAMES T. / NEWSOME, J.P. / O'NEAL, JOSEPH D. / PALM, DALE / PARISH, MAYLON / PEARCE, JAMES W. / PERRY, JOHNNIE D. / PHILLIPS, ELIJAH / PLYMOUTH, MELDRED L. / PORTER, JOHN L. / RANSOM, JAMES E. / ROCHELLE, LISTON L. / ROUSE, JOHN T. / SANDERSON, BURRELL W. /SAWYER, PAUL / SEYDEL, HARRY L. / SHUTE, J.W., JR. / SMITH, WILLARD / SPEIGHT, GENERAL / STALLINGS, BRUCE / STALLINGS, HARRY / STANLEY, EDWARD E. / SUDDRETH, WADE / SUGGS, ARNEL L., JR. / SUGGS, GRADY F. / SUGGS, PAUL W. / SUTTON, ALFRED / SUTTON, LEE / SUTTON, OWEN W. /TAYLOR, DAN / THOMPSON, ROBERT L. /TURNAGE, JOHNNIE J. / TURNER, RALPH M. /TYNDALL, THURMAN / TYREE, JOHN R. /WALLACE, HARRY L. / WATERS, HUBERT R. / WEBBER, WILLIAM H. / WEST, GEORGE L. /WHITE, FURNIE / WILLETT, CHARLES W. /WILLIAMS, BENJAMIN E /WILLIAMS, E. ELBERT / WILLIAMS, JUNIUS M.
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"Brief Memorial Day Service Held By VFW; Hayes Makes Address." Kinston Daily Free Press (Kinston, NC), May 31, 1949
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The monument stands on the left side of the Lenoir County Courthouse grounds. The Town of Kingston Commemoration Marker sits right to its left. The Governor Caswell Monument is also located on the courthouse grounds on the right side of the walkway.
The monument is located on the front lawn of the Lenoir County Courthouse to the left side of the walkway.
On Memorial Day in 1949 there was a brief service by the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the monument. Four wreaths were placed at the monument to honor fallen veterans. Commander Hayes of the VFW stated the ceremony was similar to many others practiced on Memorial Day. There were miniature flags placed at the base of the monument and Taps was played on the trumpet.