Lee County Veterans Memorial, Sanford
The Lee County Veterans Memorial is a black granite monolithic stone that tappers to a lectern top. It sets atop a beveled white marble base. In addition to the inscription, an eagle with spread winds has been incised into the front face of the monolith near the top. In addition to dedication information the inscriptions include a quote from Irish novelist and poet Oliver Goldsmith’s 1764 poem “The Traveler.” The memorial is surrounded by a circular brick paver courtyard and a single long brick walkway leading from the street. Three flags poles behind the monument, landscape plants and lighting complete the memorial area.
Images: Inscription | View of the memorial with flagpoles | Far-off view of the memorial
SUCH IS THE / PATRIOT’S BOAST / WHERE’ER WE ROAM, / HIS FIRST, BEST COUNTRY / EVER IS AT HOME / GOLDSMITH
THIS MEMORIAL HAS / BEEN ERECTED BY THE / PEOPLE OF LEE COUNTY / IN HONOR AND MEMORY OF / THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO / SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES / OF OUR COUNTRY TO EXPRESS / OUR GRATITUDE, APPRECIATION, / AND ADMIRATION. / MAY 28, 1989
City of Sanford
May 28, 1989
35.489210 , -79.174760 View in Geobrowse
Rajtar, Steve and Franks, Frances Elizabeth. War Monuments, Museums and Library Collections of 20th Century Conflicts: A Directory of United States Sites (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2002), 184 (accessed December 19, 2016) Link
“Lee County Veterans Memorial,” War Memorials HQ, http://www.warmemorialhq.org, (accessed December 20, 2016) Link
Black granite and white marble, brick
People of Lee County
The memorial was the result of a history class project at Lee County High School. It was designed by junior high student Will Bayer.
The memorial is located on the lawn of the City of Sanford Government and Sanford Police Department building at 225 E Weatherspoon Street in Sanford, NC.
The memorial complex is surrounded by trees and seasonal greenery.