Duplin County Veterans Howitzer , Warsaw
This M114 155mm howitzer is located at the I-40 rest stop in Warsaw, NC. The World War II-era artillery piece is surrounded by a low chain fence and beside it sits a marker explaining the monument's significance. This howitzer was placed here in memorial of all veterans of the United States military. The granite marker is inscribed with the text below as well as the seals of the five branches of the U.S. armed services and that of the American Legion.
Images: Granite marker | Front view | Barrel
Marker: WARSAW, N.C. IS HOME TO THE OLDEST CONTINUOUS VETERANS / DAY CELEBRATION IN AMERICA, FIRST HELD NOVEMBER 11, 1921 / THIS WWII 155mm HOWITZER IS PLACED IN HONOR OF ALL / VETERANS WHO SACRIFICED FOR OUR FREEDOM / ERECTED IN REMEMBRANCE BY DUPLIN COUNTY / AMERICAN LEGION AND FRIENDS
North Carolina Department of Transportation
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"Warsaw Veterans Day Celebration and Parade 2014," Town of Warsaw, NC, (accessed February 24, 2014). Link
Vance, Tricia. “Area posts to mark Veterans Day,” Star-News, November 8, 1997.
Steel Artillery Piece, Granite Marker
Duplin County American Legion & Friends
Warsaw, NC is home to the oldest, continuous Veterans Day celebration with its first celebration being held on November 11, 1921. It is held every year to commemorate those who serve in the United States military.
The howitzer is located in the center of the Milepost 346 rest area on I-40 in the median between the interstate's eastbound and westbound lanes, near the town of Warsaw.
A "Blue Star Highway" marker is located on the other side of the Milepost 346 rest area.
Both sides of the marker read: BLUE STAR / MEMORIAL HIGHWAY / A tribute to the Armed Forces / that have defended the / United States of America / SPONSORED BY / The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. / IN COOPERATION WITH / The North Carolina / Department of Transportation
Images: Blue Star Memorial Highway marker (facing the rest area) | Blue Star Memorial Highway marker
The howitzer is marked with a plaque, noting the history of Warsaw's Veterans Day celebrations and the howitzer memorial. A low fence blocks the howitzer from being touched by visitors.