Davidson County Vietnam War and Afghanistan Veterans Memorial, Lexington
A rectangular copper plaque with an American eagle with spread wings above lists the names of those killed during the Vietnam War. This monument was placed sometime during the 1970’s. During Memorial Day ceremonies in May 2011 the name of a US Navy Seal killed in Afghanistan was added to this monument because there was the space to do so.
IN HONOR OF / THE DAVIDSON COUNTY VETERANS / WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY DURING / THE VIETNAM WAR / AND / IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES FOR THE UNITED STATES.
RICHARDS ROOSEVELT BANKS
KENNETH CLAY BERRIER
CARY REID CLODFELTER
JACOB H. CUNNINGHAM III
GEORGE G. DAVENPORT, JR.
SAMUEL LUTHER DAVIS
JOHN B. GRAINGER
JIMMY CARROLL HESTER
SAMUEL F. HOLLIFIELD, JR.
HENRY EARL IMES, JR.
BOBBY WAYNE JONES
RONALD FRED LEONARD
NOBE RAY KOONTZ, JR.
RAY THOMAS MARTIN
HAROLD THOMAS MCCARN
ROBERT FRANKLIN MELTON, JR.
ANDREW JACKSON NEWCOMBE
DAVID LEE NORRIS
CLARK FRANKLIN ROGERS
HUGH AMES SEXTON, JR.
VANN DWAIN SHERRILL
VICKEY EARL STANLEY
CLYDE LEWIS TENSLEY
ROBERT JOSEPH TURNER
WAYNE VASTER WILSON
CLARENCE LUTHER MORRIS
JOSHUA THOMAS HARRIS
ERECTED BY THE DAVIDSON COUNTY VETERANS COUNCIL / AMERICAN LEGION POST 8. AMERICAN LEGION POST 162. / AMERICAN LEGION POST 255. AMVETS POST 13. / AMVETS POST 240. AMVETS POST 760. AMVETS POST 835. / D.A.V. CHAPTER 29. D.A.V. CHAPTER 39. D.A.V. CHAPTER 66. / V.F.W. POST 3074. V.F.W. POST7500. U.V.A. CHAPTER 257
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Granite marker, bronze tablet
Davidson County Veterans Council, American Legion Post 8, American Legion Post 162, American Legion Post 255, Amvets Post 13, Amvets Post 240, Amvets Post 760, Amvets Post 835, D.A.V. Chapter 29, D.A.V. Chapter 39, D.A.V. Chapter 66, V.F.W. Post 3074, V.F ERECTED BY THE DAVIDSON COUNTY VETERANS COUNCIL / AMERICAN LEGION POST 8. AMERICAN LEGION POST 162. / AMERICAN LEGION POST 255. AMVETS POST 13. / AMVETS POST 240. AMVETS POST 760. AMVETS POST 835. / D.A.V. CHAPTER 29. D.A.V. CHAPTER 39. D.A.V. CHAPTER 66. / V.F.W. POST 3074. V.F.W. POST7500. U.V.A. CHAPTER 257
On Sunday May 29th, 2011 the Davidson County Veterans Council's hosted the 66th Annual Davidson County Veterans Memorial Service at Lexington Square. The name of Josh T. Harris, a US Navy Seal who died in 2008 combat operations in Afghanistan was added to this monument. The name of Charlie F. Cagle was added to the appropriate plaque on the nearby World War II/Korean War marker. He was killed during the Korean War but his remains had been recently found and returned to the United States.
The Lexington Square located at the intersection of Main and Center streets is home to the Historic Davidson County courthouse along with several memorials and markers. The Confederate Dead monument stands in the southeast quadrant of the square, at the intersection of S Main and E Center streets. The northeat quadrant (intersection of E Center and N Main streets) hosts memorials to Davidson County Vietnam War and Afghanistan Veterans, WWII and Korean Veterans, and WWI Veterans who died in the Great War. A marker to Daniel Boone and Nathanael Greene stands on the northwest quadrant (intersection of W Center and N Main streets) right by Captain Benjamin Merrill and City of Lexington memorials.
Bushes and trees surround the quadrant with memorials.
The Davidson County Veterans Council holds annual Memorial Day services at Lexington Square in downtown Lexington.