Henderson County World War II Memorial, Hendersonville
This inscribed granite marker honors those from Henderson County who served during World War Two. The simple in style memorial stands slightly over 5 ft. tall including the single base in the style of a grave marker with a flat top with rounded corners. The two faces are polished while the sides remain rough-hewn. 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.
IN HONOR / OF / THE CITIZENS OF / HENDERSON COUNTY / WHO SERVED / IN / WORLD WAR II / AND FOR THE SACRIFICES / OF THEIR FAMILIES / THIS MONUMENT ERECTED BY / HONORAIR 2008
April 13, 2008
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Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2008, saw nine memorials honoring Henderson County veterans dedicated or rededicated. 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 rededication 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. This monument had been placed in March. At the rededication, members of HonorAir (see subject notes) placed a wreath at the World War II marker.
Special recognition was given to Jeff Miller in the form of a plaque given by the U.S. Senate in recognition of his work in creating HonorAir. Upon receiving the award, Miller said that “this is a gathering for all veterans and we need to honor all our veterans every day.”
HonorAir, the sponsor of this memorial is a nonprofit which started in 2005 in Hendersonville before branching out to more than 25 states. HonorAir and the National Honor Flight programs have been responsible for flying over 100,000 WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the national World War II monument. In the spring of 2011, the last Henderson County HonorAir flight returned to Asheville Airport after having transported 630 Henderson County WWII vets to the nation’s capital
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, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan monuments.
The marker stands on the lawn in front of the Historic Henderson County Courthouse.