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  • Monument Name

    Veterans Memorial, Enfield

  • Type

    War Memorial


  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean War, 1950-1953

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Other Wars

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The memorial stands approximately ten feet high in the center. It was originally dedicated to Confederate soldiers and veterans of World War One. It is of Georgia marble with bronze tablets. Two small walls extend bilaterally from the center, square column, and one side supports a drinking fountain.

    A Confederate flag is carved into the marble one one side of the center column. A 48-star American flag is carved into the other side, along with the symbol of the American Foreign Legion. Below each flag, a bronze plaque is affixed to the structure. The small walls to either side are carved with inscriptions.

    The small columns at either side of the short walls are carved with rosettes.

    Since its dedication in 1928, inscriptions have continued to be added to the monument, commemorating World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War.

  • Inscription

    Wall to the left of the Confederate flag, carved into the marble (with drinking basin): ERECTED / BY THE / FRANK M. PARKER / CHAPTER

    Center column, under the Confederate flag, inscribed upon a bronze plaque: 1861 (laurel wreath with flag and bow) 1865 / TO THE MEMORY OF THE VETERANS / OF THE WAR / BETWEEN THE STATES / "WE CARE NOT WHENCE THEY CAME / DEAR IN THEIR LIFELESS CLAY / WHETHER UNKNOWN OR KNOWN TO FAME / THEIR CAUSE AND COUNTRY STILL THE SAME / THEY DIED AND WORE THE GRAY"

    Center column, under the Confederate flag and bronze plaque, carved into the marble: RELOCATED BY / CLAUDE N. KIMBALL, JR. / V. F. W. POST NO. 6813

    Wall to the right of the Confederate flag, carved into the marble: UNITED DAUGHTERS / OF THE / CONFEDERACY / MAY 30 1925 Back: wall to the left of the American flag, carved into the marble (no drinking basin): KOREAN CONFLICT / 1950 - 1953 / VIETNAM WAR / 1961 - 1975

    Back: center column, under the American flag, inscribed upon a bronze plaque: 1917 (star) 1918 / IN HONOR OF / OF THE WORLD WAR / "COMRADES TRUE, BORN ANEW / PEACE TO YOU / YOUR SOULS SHALL BE WHERE THE HEROES ARE AND YOUR MEMORY SHINE / LIKE THE MORNING STAR." / JOYCE KILMER

    Back: wall to the right of the American flag, carved into the marble: WORLD WAR II / 1941 - 1945 / PERSIAN GULF WAR / 1990

  • Custodian

    Enfield Parks and Recreation Department

  • Dedication Date

    May 30, 1928. Rededication: May 30, 1954

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    36.186700 , -77.671910 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Honoring Our Veterans -- Veterans Memorial at Randolph Park -- Enfield, NC -- Nov. 11, 2012," YouTube video, 1:39, posted by "mountainbikekayak," Nov. 12, 2012 Link

      Butler, Douglas J. North Carolina Civil War Monuments, An Illustrated History, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2013), 195

      Holliday, Robert Cortes, Joyce Kilmer, (New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918), 105-07. Link

      Ryan, Abram J. Father Ryan's Poems. Mobile: Jno. L. Rapier & Co., Publisher, 1879 (accessed June 10, 2014) Link

      “Enfield Honors Halifax Heroes,” The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), June 3, 1928

      “Marker Re-Dedication Set,” The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), May 30, 1954

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble, bronze

  • Sponsors

    Frank M. Parker Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy

  • Monument Cost


  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    Exercises began at 4:30 pm. D. Mac Johnson presided over the community-wide Memorial Day celebration. O. P. Dickinson, a prominent Wilson attorney, delivered the address. His speech praised both the Confederate veterans and the soldiers of the World War. Billie Harrison and Mary Parker, both descendants of Confederate veterans, unveiled the fountain. Mayor A. W. Andleton accepted the memorial on behalf of Enfield.

  • Subject Notes

    The Joyce Kilmer stanza is excerpted from a larger poem entitled Rouge Bouquet (1918), and it was first published two weeks after his death in 1918.

    The unattributed verse under the Confederate flag is from "The March of the Deathless Dead" by Abram Joseph Ryan, a Catholic priest who served with the Confederate Army.

    Francis M. Parker was a colonel of the 30th North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The chapter bearing his name was chartered in 1907 and is now defunct.

  • Controversies

    During segregation, the fountain provided two drinking spouts, one for whites and one for non-whites. The fountain for non-whites has been removed, but its pedestal and spigot hole remain.

    Both Sue Curtis and the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources list the dedication date as June 3, 1928.

  • Location

    The monument is located in Randolph Park, near a small stream in Enfield, NC. It is visible from McFarland Road and from a small access road that divides the park from Elmwood Cemetery.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands in a grassy field surrounded by

  • Relocated


  • Former Locations

    The fountain was originally located on a street in downtown Enfield. It may have been relocated in 1954 as a news story describes a new unveiling and then re-dedication.

  • Rededicated


  • Post Dedication Use

    The Tabernacle Baptist Church each year holds a Veterans Day service and afterwards places a wreath in honor of all veterans past and present.

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