Bladen County Veterans Bell, Elizabethtown
The monument is made up of two granite blocks supporting a third which form a rectangular frame around the iron bell. The monument, as a whole, stands approximately three feet in height and four and one-half feet in width.
Front: IN HONOR OF BLADEN COUNTY PATRIOTS / THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM / THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT IN ALL WARS AND THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES / THAT WE MIGHT BE A FREE PEOPLE
Rear: BLADEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE BELL
May 31, 1976
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"Bladen County Courthouse," New Hanover County Public Library (accessed June 30, 2014) Link
"Veteran's Bell Marker. Dedicated May 31, 1976 by Mrs. Wanda Campbell," BladenOnline.com, (accessed June 27, 2014) Link
Smith, Erin. "Bell Rung In Honor of Constitution," Bladenjournal.com (accessed June 30, 2014) Link
The bell was dedicated by Mrs. Wanda Campbell on May 31, 1976 in front of a group of unidentified onlookers.
The bell can be rung by pulling a role attached to the monument's south side.
The memorial marker is located on the Bladen County Courthouse grounds. It faces northeast toward the intersection of East Broad Street and Courthouse Drive. Other memorials stand on the lawn: the Battle of Elizabethtown marker, the Sallie Salter Monument, the Fallen Heroes Memorial, and the Freedom Tree. The courthouse address is 166 E. Broad St. Elizabethtown, NC 28337.
The monument stands at the northeast edge of the Bladen County Courthouse lawn. The lawn is also decorated with shady trees and benches.
The bell is used in the annual celebration of Constitution Week (September 17-23). The bell is rung once for every year since the Constitution was ratified.