Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park, Kernersville
The main entrance features 12 versions of the U.S. flag that were used throughout the country’s history. A walkway comprised of engraved bricks leads to the centerpiece of the park, a 60-foot tall, 106-ton granite obelisk. At its base is a cascading fountain.
The memorial was built to honor all of the members of the armed forces; as such, the obelisk is surrounded by flags and stone markers honoring each branch of the military. Each of the five entrances to the park are flanked by smaller stone markers, each describing a different war in history.
9/11 marker: This steel beam was salvaged from the South Tower of the / World Trade Center by the D.H. Griffin Wrecking Co. Inc. / following the dastardly militant Islamic terrorist attacks on / September 11, 2001. /
This object honors the memory of those / brave and innocent people murdered that day in / New York City, The Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our / biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the / foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, / but they cannot dent the steel of / American resolve.”--President George W. Bush.
May 31, 2014
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The War Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raised $5 million for the project, including the donation of park space by Forsyth and Guilford counties.
Thousands of people gathered for the two-hour dedication ceremony, which began at 7 p.m. The event included speeches, music, and wreath-laying. State and local elected officials, high-ranking military dignitaries and local news personalities participated in the official program. Brad Jones of Fox 8 WGHP served as the master of ceremonies; remarks were also made by the North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Each branch of the military was recognized and wreaths were placed at the monument site to represent each military branch: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Air Force. Randolph County Honor Guard and Jamestown Pipes and Drums were responsible for the Presentation of Colors; music was also provided by the Piedmont Wind Symphony.
Several months after the park was first dedicated, a 9/11 memorial was added. It includes a steel beam from Ground Zero in New York. The beam was donated by D.H. Griffin, a Greensboro company hired to clean up the aftermath of the attacks in New York.
Community officials were concerned about the wording on a marker for the September 11 attacks, which was added after the original dedication. The monument describes 9/11 as “dastardly militant Islamic terrorist attacks,” and Forsyth County officials were concerned that the language was provocative and even Islamophobic.
Additionally, some engraved pavers showed signs of premature wearing. They were replaced in late 2014.
The 8-acre Carolina Field of Honor is located within Triad Park, a large park in Forsyth and Guilford counties. Address is 9652 East Mountain St. Kernersville, NC 27284.
Community members gather for ceremonies on Veterans and Memorial Days.