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  • Monument Name

    Henderson County Korean War, Hendersonville

  • Type


  • Subjects

    Korean War, 1950-1953

  • Creator

    James Jean, Designer

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The polished Black African marble monument honors those from Henderson County who served during the Korean War. The memorial stands slightly over 4 ft. tall including the base. The front face is beveled with a gable top. It is decorated with a representation of the war’s service medal and ribbon on a black background. The ribbon is blue and white striped with two silver stars representing 10 major campaigns. This marker is one of nine memorials honoring Henderson County war dead that form “The Honor Walk” on the grounds of the old Henderson County Courthouse.

    Images: Rear view

  • Inscription

    Front: KOREAN / WAR / 6-25- 50 7-27- 53 / “FREEDOM / IS NOT FREE”


  • Custodian

    Henderson County

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 2003. Rededication: April 13, 2008

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.314440 , -82.460170 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      'Korean War," The Historical Marker database,, (accessed October 12, 2015) Link

      Borden, Sidney, Steven Chickos, and Daniel Jourdan. "The Korean War: North Carolina's Commemoration of the 'Forgotten War'," uploaded February 4, 2014, YouTube, (accessed February 4, 2014) Link

      Chick Evans, Henderson County Korean Commemorative Committee member. Email dated June 3, 2016

      Giles, Jennie Jones. “Counties to Honor Armed Services Members,”, Times- News Online, November 9, 2003, (Accessed October 5, 2020) Link

      Henderson County Heritage Museum, Hendersonville, NC, (accessed October 3, 2022) Link

      Kelly, Leigh. “Courthouse Ceremony Pays Tribute to Nation’s War Dead,”, Times-News Online, April 14, 2008, (accessed October 1, 2019) Link

      Schulman, Mark. “Courthouse Commemorates Veterans,”, Times-News Online, April 10, 2008, (accessed October 1, 2015) Link

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Black African Marble

  • Sponsors

    Henderson County Korean War Commemorative Committee

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The Korean War marker was originally dedicated during Veterans Day ceremonies in 2003 with veterans from all military services and all wars since World War II present. Chick Evans, a member of the Henderson County Korean Commemorative Committee, acted as Master of Ceremonies. After the monument was dedicated before a crowd of 300 people, retired Army Brigadier General Frank Blazey spoke of the sacrifices made by Korean War Veterans. “Hopefully this memorial will help heal spiritual and psychological wounds of the veteran and their families,” he said. He also urged those present to support the men and women currently serving in the military. The ceremony ended with the laying of wreaths by veterans groups and a fly-over by members of the Western North Carolina Air Museum. The East Hendersonville High School Band Ensemble played the national anthem and taps. Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2008, saw the dedication or rededication of the Korean War and eight other markers honoring Henderson County war dead. This ceremony was the culmination of a three day event to celebrate the ten million dollar restoration of the historic Henderson County Courthouse and its re- dedication as the home of the Henderson County Heritage Museum.

    The Hendersonville Community Band played patriotic tunes while the crowd of over 200 sang along, prayed and listened to speakers and watched veterans lay wreaths on monuments honoring the fallen in all wars in American history. “What mean these stones?” asked George A. Jones, chairman of the Henderson County Heritage Museum Board. “We have erected them in honor of all of these. This should never be made in a light-hearted or frivolous manner. There’s too much blood, too much sacrifice, too much death they represent,” he answered to his own question. Korean War Veterans placed a wreath on this monument during the ceremony.

  • Location

    The monument is located by the Henderson County Heritage Museum (Old Henderson County Courthouse) at 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville NC. Several monuments are nearby, including Revolutionary Soldiers Memorial, Confederate Soldier Memorial, Union Soldiers Monument, War Memorial, World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan monuments.

  • Landscape

    The marker stands on the lawn in front of the Historic Henderson County Courthouse.

  • Rededicated


  • Approval Process

    After 18 months of planning and fundraising, the Korean War Commemorative Committee produced a replica of the proposed monument and placed it on the courthouse grounds. An audience with the County Commissioners resulted in permission to build and place the monument.

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