Veterans Memorial, Bessemer City
The memorial is in the shape of a tombstone with a rounded top on a single base standing four
feet tall and made of granite. It has inscriptions on both sides and the American War Mothers
logo appears on the front. Originally dedicated in 1956 to honor World War One, World War
Two and Korean War veterans, it was rededicated in 1992 with additional inscriptions. Since the 1992 rededication, other wars have also been added. The rear inscription is thought
to be the original one from 1956.
Images: Rear view
Front: MEMORIAL / TO THOSE WHO DIED FOR PEACE / AND FREEDOM OF OUR NATION / IN
WORLD WAR ONE, TWO, AND / THE KOREAN WAR, VIETNAM, / GRANADA, PANAMA, AND /
DESERT STORM. / IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN / ERECTED BY BESSEMER CITY / CHAPTER AMERICAN
WAR MOTHERS / MAY 13, 1956 / REDEDICATED MAY 25, 1992 BY / AMERICAN LEGION POST
Rear: VETERANS / WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED / FORCES OF WORLD WAR ONE, TWO, AND THE KOREAN WAR. / ERECTED BY BESSEMER CITY / CHAPTER AMERICAN WAR MOTHERS / MAY 13, 1956
Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery
May 13, 1956. Rededication: May 25, 1992
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Smith, June. “Memorial Rites Sponsored by American War Mothers,” The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), May 14, 1956
Smith, June. “Memorial Rites to Honor Vets, Mothers,” The Gastonia Gazette (Gastonia, NC), July 25, 1957
1956: American War Mothers. 1992: American Legion Post 243
The 1956 ceremony was to dedicate the War Mothers Memorial Garden located at the entrance to Bessemer City Cemetery and unveil the Veterans Memorial. The Reverend Howard A. Schrum, pastor of Bingham Baptist Church, was the dedication speaker for the ceremony held on Mother’s Day. His speech honored mothers for what they had given through their sons and daughters, service to their country and by honoring the dead that they had not died in vain. “There Is No Death” was sung as the memorial was unveiled by several of the War Mothers. As the ceremony ended, the American Legion gave a three volley salute and “taps” was played. The band played softly, “The Day Is Dying In The West” as the crowd dispersed.
Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery is at the end of N. 13th Street. A single narrow drive leads into the cemetery. The marker is on the left near the end of the driveway in the War Mothers Memorial Garden. Across the driveway are memorials to two police officers who died in the line of duty.
The memorial is surrounded by tombstones and stands in a wooded area of the Memorial Cemetery.