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  • Monument Name

    Wayne County Veterans Memorial, Goldsboro

  • Type

    Public Space

  • City


  • County


  • Description

    The Wayne County Veterans Memorial is a living monument erected to honor veterans who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The site includes a Memorial Wall, Pavilion, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Veterans Memorial, Wayne County Vietnam War Memorial, Wayne County Granite Map, Fountain and Illuminated Flags. The emphasis on the design is formal yet inviting enough to welcome visitors.
    The main entrance is located on E Walnut Street. The Memorial Wall is right on the left. Five bronze plaques recovered from the 2004 fire list veterans names. The Memorial Wall is a free standing brick wall, approximately 4½ long X 42¾ wide. The bricks are bull nosed on top and additional bricks are used for a base equal to its width.
    The Pavilion is right on the right. It is designed to be the site axis that radiates outward in all directions. The Pavilion replicates prominent features of the Wayne County Court House across the street. It has the same round Doric-style columns with Scamozzi capitals, dentil and cornice detail and roof tiles as the Court House. The Pavilion features (20) of Chadsworth’s pre-finished, textured Classic Stone columns. Column size is 14" x 12'.
    At the end of this brick walk, you see the Goldsboro Jaycees’ 1974 granite Vietnam War Memorial now relocated to this site.
    There is a fountain with its cascading water in front of the Pavilion.
    The memorial marker is located on the north side of the site. It has seals of the 5 military branches on top and the inscription is beneath this which reads: "We must honor those sons of ours who fought so bravely. A Grateful Citizen (1925)"
    Right behind the Pavilion, there a granite map of Wayne County as it appeared in 1925, the year when the Community Building was dedicated. This map is divided into the twelve townships and shows town names, railroads, rivers, and highways as they appeared then. Within each township there are plaques listing the names of those war dead who have been identified with the township.
    Three flags - the American flag, the North Carolina flag, and the POW-MIA flag - are right at the intersection of E Walnut and N William Streets. Flags are illuminated and fly day and night. The flag wall incorporates the Community Building's cornerstone bearing the date 1924.

    Images: Plan of the site | Memorial Wall | Memorial Marker | Walkway Plaque | Pavilion | 1924 Cornerstone | Dedication plaque | World War One plaque | World War Two and Korean wars plaque | Vietnam War plaque | Fountain | General Royal Inscription | W. Archie Dees quote | Community Building plaque | Time Capsule | Wayne County Map | Vintage photograph of the 1925 Wayne County Memorial Community Building

  • Inscription

    Marker: We must honor those sons of ours who fought so bravely. / A Grateful Citizen (1925)

    Walkway plaque: Most of them were boys when they died / and they gave up two lives -- / the one they were living / and the one they would have lived. / When they died, they gave up their / chance to be husbands and fathers / and grandfathers. They gave up their / chance to be revered old men. They / gave up everything for their / country, for us. / All we can do is remember. / Ronald Reagan

    Memorial Wall:
    Small plaque in the middle of the wall: These are the original bronze tablets recovered after the fire in 2004 destroyed the Wayne County Memorial Community Building. The first plaque commemorates the purpose and a chronology of the memorial. The other plaques name and honor those who died in combat. First plaque, far left: In Honor of the Sons of Wayne / Who Served and Died In the World War / Jesse J. Baker/ Harry B. Hood / Roscoe Benton / Sam G. Hummell / Andrew Best / Cleon Ray Jones / James H. Blalock / Ezra A. Mayo / Willie L. Blalock / Ezra Moore / Bruce L. Blevins / Wm. O. Mozingo / Levi C. Branson / Chas. Raynor / Irving Bryant / Fred Reed / Fred Lawson Casey / Mortimer Roscower / Carl B. Clingon / Jesse R. Ruffin / Eulas Lee Collins / Herman P. Shackleford / Roland Cox / Chas. Dixon Shaver / John Creech / Leslie Jurney Short / Marion Lee Daniels / King David Simmons / Daniel Davis / Willie Simmons / Gaston L. Dortch / Foster B. Stevens / Mack Elliott / Isaac Stevens / James Irvin Fulford / Elam Summerlin / Wm. James Gardner / James G. Summerlin / Adrian H. Grantham / Ben Ira Taylor / Moses Hadley / Nathaniel K. Thornton / Samuel Hadley / Arthur Turner / Herbert Lee Handley / William Walston / George R. Hardesty / R.H. Westbrook / Faison Harris / Grover Cleveland Wiggins / James Hill / Major Williams / Sidney W. Hinson / Danzie Winn / Wyatt Hinson / Guy Winstead / James Herbert Hogan / Shade Wooten
    Second plaque: In Memory Of The Sons Of Wayne / Who Served And Died In World War II / And The Korean Conflict / World War II / Robert E. Abel / Marvin L. Faircloth / Albert J. Adams / Stephen P. Faircloth / Henry W. Allen, Jr. / Joseph Farah / Bruce Anderson / Louis H. Faulk / Raymond R. Anderson / Reulien R. Floyd / Cleveland C. Balkcum / Thurston D. Fogleman / George W. Barber / Alleyne Foster / William A. Barwick / Carl E. Franklin / Jerry H. Beamon / Ralph Giddens / Benjamin F. Bell / George E. Grantham / William H. Bell / Robert Greenfield / Robert O. Benton / Clifton Hamm / J.R. Best / Thomas P. Harrison / Norman E. Best / Robert R. Hatch / James Horace Blackman / Henry Edward Herring / James Lee Blackman / Cecil Hertford / Paul L. Borden, Jr. / May S. Higgins / William Louis Britt / David R. Hill / Ben R. Brock / Ray Hill / Glennie M. Brock / Liston Levi Hines / Lee Roy Brogden / Wilbert O. Hodge / James L. Byrd / John Hollingsworth / Archie B. Carter / Horace Horton / Raeford L. Campbell / Roland W. Horton, Jr. / Carl C. Casey / James L. Howell / Earl Chestnutt / Charles M. Howell / Linwood Ray Combs / Ernest C. Howell / Harold Crawford / George F. Howell / Lawton Crumpler, Jr. / W.A. Harry Hundley / Wayne Garland Crumpler / Alton Jarmon / Woodard W. Crumpler / Louis J. Jernigan / Edward Carlyle Daly / Douglas T. Johnson / Jake Davis / Wayne Lee Johnson / I.D. Dickerson / Jack Jones / James Edmundson / Melvin B. Jones / Clarence M. Edwards / Roy Wayne Jones / Wayne Roland Edwards / J.C. Jones / William H. Ellis / Charles C. Keller / Albert L. Ellington / Roscoe Kelly / Richard Elmore / Charles S. Killette / Ray E. Eubanks / Ben R. King / Gene J. Elzas / Willie Lane
    Third Plaque: In Memory Of The Sons Of Wayne County / Who Served And Died In The Vietnam War / Emmett E. Ballree / Casco D. Howell / George P. Power / Muray L. Borden, Jr. / Ernest R. Howell / James L. Ratliff / James R. Coates / Ralph Howell / Richard V. Riggs / William D. Crawford / Robert H. Irwin / William C. Sutton / Donald E. Daniels / Dan L. Jenkins / Edmund R. Toler / Edgar F. Davis / Stokely J. Jones / Paul G. Underwood / James P. DeVaney / Wilbert E. Jones / Kenneth E. VanHoy / Robert A. Govan / Bobby R. Lane / Albert Vick Jr. / Joseph M. Grantham, III / Billy W. McKeel / Richard W. Watson / William W. Hai / Rudolph S. Parrish / Phillip D. Hardy / Herbert Pearsall, Jr. / Joseph N. Hargrove / Phillip W. Pigford
    Fourth Plaque: In Memory Of The Sons Of Wayne / Who Served And Died In World War II / And The Korean Conflict / World War II / Harvey J. Langston / John Sauls / Raymond J. Langston / Leonard O. Savage / Charles C. Lassiter / Charles Marcus Scott / Henry H. Lee / Neal Scott / Rayford S. Lynch / Ira S. Smith / Gary L. MacDonald / L.L. Smith / Carl O. Martin / Earl C. Smith / Hugh D. Marshburn / Levert L. Smith, Jr. / James T. Marshburn / Harold H. Smothers / Wilbert C. Massey, Jr. / Emmett Spicer / James P. McLamb / Kermit Stallings / Margus I. McCarty / Alvin T. Strickland / Tyson Hardy Mewborn / Richard Summerlin / James Allen Mozingo / Daniel C. Sutton / Earnest Newsome / Edd Leddell Sutton / Melville W. Odom / Herbert A. Sutton / James L. Parker / James L. Taylor / William F. Parker / Henry A. Taylor / Tryphon D. Peacock / Benjamin W. Taylor / Willis G. Peele, Jr. / Robert L. Taylor / Boddie Perry / James A. Thomas / William J. Pierce / James Richard Troutman / Charlie E. Pike / Johnnie / Joseph Turnage / Donald N. Pope / Ira Wade / James A. Powell / Charles Warren / Dudley A. Powell, Jr. / Henry Edwin Weeks / Leon Price / Gordon Whitaker, Jr. / Charles Malcolm Price / Charles E. Wiegand / Royal Puckett / Cecil H. Wiggs / Roscoe Quinn / Robert E. Williams / Blanton E. Reaves / William C. Wilson, Jr. / Joe Renfrow / Joseph D. Winchester / Bryant Roberts / George B. Womble, Jr. / Willie Rogers / Donza Wood / John C. Rose, Jr. / Bernice R. Wynn / John G. Rowe / Ray Edwin York / Korean Conflict / James Elisha Bass / James Lee Kornegay / Daniel Joseph Carter / John W. Lamm / William Lloyd Howell / I.L. Littleton / John Henry King / James Merritt / Forrest L. Price
    Fifth Plaque, far right: Wayne County Memorial / Community Building / 1919 / May-June / Committee appointed by / commissioners of county, by / aldermen and Chamber of / Commerce of Goldsboro to / consider a memorial to the / sons of Wayne who served and / died in the World War. / Committee recommended / erection of a community building / to be both a memorial and / a means of service to the living. / August / Report approved by / above named bodies and committee / authorized to proceed with / undertaking. / October / Campaign begun for funds / to erect building. / 81,000 dollars finally raised. / 1924 / January / Contract for building awarded. / February / 23rd / Corner stone laid / civic organizations participating. 1925 / June 26th / Dedication.

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 2011

  • Decade


  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.382310 , -77.993940 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Wayne County Veterans Memorial - Goldsboro, NC.", (accessed July 23, 2015) Link

      "Wayne County Veterans Memorial," The Historical Marker Database,, (accessed June 30, 2017) Link

      Arntsen, Barbara. “Community Building’s Board Agrees on Rebuilding Landmark,” The Goldsboro News-Argus (Goldsboro, NC) May 6, 2004

      Atkins, Sam. “Residents React to Loss of Community Building,” The Goldsboro News-Argus (Goldsboro, NC) May 3, 2004

      Brown, Emmett R. “Report on Memorial Campaign,” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), January 11, 1920

      Goldsboro Wayne Travel & Tourism. "Historic Military Sites Itinerary - Goldsboro Tourism & Travel,” Link

      Otis, H. G.. “Highest National Recognition Given Plans of Our Proposed War Memorial Building,” Goldsboro Daily Argus (Goldsboro, NC) August 14, 1919

      Stephens, Jack. “79-Year-Old Community Landmark Burns,” The Goldsboro News-Argus (Goldsboro, NC) May 3, 2004

      Vick, Thomas. “Wayne Area Memorial Day Weekend Events,”, May 24, 2015, (accessed July 23, 2015) Link

      Wayne County Veterans Memorial, Goldsboro, NC,, (accessed November 8, 2016) Link

      Young, Karinne. “Community Building Has Rich History,” The Goldsboro News-Argus (Goldsboro, NC) May 3, 2004

      “Wayne County Leads Again,” Goldsboro Daily Argus (Goldsboro, NC) August 4, 1919

  • Public Site


  • Materials & Techniques

    Brick, bronze, granite

  • Sponsors

    The land and 1925 building had been made possible by generous gifts from throughout the county, and the sole purpose had been to build a living memorial which would honor and forever remember those from here who had lost their lives in war. The Wayne County Memorial Community Building Committee included: W.R. Allen, Chairman, G.A. Norwood, G.C. Kornegay, R.D. Irwin, Edgar H. Bain, W.E. Borden, W.F. Taylor, Jos. E. Robinson, D.C. Humphrey, U.M. Gillikin, W.F. Patrick, F.W. Hooks, J.A. Daughtry, Joe A. Parker, Lionel Weil,

  • Subject Notes

    In 1919, citizens throughout Wayne County North Carolina joined to honor the local military who lost their lives in World War I. This was accomplished by public subscription, with gifts coming from all townships in Wayne County. The Wayne County Memorial Community Building was dedicated on June 26, 1925. It was a large brick building with white pillars and a lot of windows. The building included a public room with bathrooms, a reading room, a gymnasium, a swimming pool and shower rooms for both men and women, a game room, a bowling alley, a lunch room, and a kitchen. The building had a long and productive life. For many years it housed the American Red Cross, the Community Chest, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Boys Club and the Bureau of Social Services. The American Legion and its Auxiliary had headquarters and their meetings there.

    In May of 2004, the Wayne County Memorial Community Building burned down due to a fire that is assumed to have been caused by an electrical plug. Only the memorial plaques, now installed on the wall at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial, survived.

  • Location

    The memorial complex is located at the intersection of E Walnut and N William Streets, across from the Wayne County Courthouse building. The Wayne County Memorial Marker is closer to N William Street, the Memorial Wall is located on E Walnut Street. Two walkways from both streets lead to the Pavilion. The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Veterans Memorial and Wayne County Vietnam War Memorial are part of the complex. The WWI Doughboy Statue and John Lawson memorial are across East Walnut street, in front of the Wayne County Courthouse at 224 East Walnut Street, Goldsboro, NC. A bronze plaque commemorating the 75th anniversary of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church is attached to the left support column of the courthouse building.

  • Landscape

    There are over fifty varieties of plants and trees on the site.

  • Relocated


  • Former Locations

    The 1925 Community Building was located on the corner of Walnut Street in Goldsboro, NC.

  • Post Dedication Use

    The 1925 Historic Community Building housed events very similar to those conducted at modern day YMCAs. It also served as a meeting place for town organizations and community activities.

    Veterans and Memorial Day services are held at the Veterans Memorial. The park is also available for rent for private functions. The intent is for the site to be actively used for veterans' activities, community events, concerts, and visits by community groups, thus continuing its role as a living memorial.

  • Approval Process

    The construction of 1925 Community Building was approved and adopted by Wayne County’s Board of Commissioners, Goldsboro’s Board of Aldermen, and the Goldsboro Chamber of Commerce, and the National Bureau of Memorial Buildings. <br><br>At a public meeting held in January, 2009, many veterans and other citizens expressed the opinion that this “hallowed ground” should continue being a memorial as it was originally intended. Later that year, after lengthy thought and study, the Trustees launched the Wayne County Veterans Memorial project in Goldsboro, NC. Insurance proceeds from the destruction of the Community Building were used to bring this new project into reality without involving any tax funds.

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