North Carolina Veterans Memorial, Broadway
The Memorial Pavilion, located in Broadway Park, is an example of Classical architecture with large, tapered, round columns gracing each corner of the 24-feet diameter brick octagonal base. Above the Doric columns are graceful arches with heavy crown molding and a vented clerestory highlights the copper roof. The pavilion floor is constructed with brick pavers laid in a pattern to complement the octagonal foundation. Walkways are laid using brick pavers and memorial bricks. A courtyard with granite sponsor stones and a grassy lawn is enclosed by a brick wall. Inscriptions and the memorial’s name, incised on granite slabs, cover the outside of the courtyard walls immediately to either side of the pavilion.
A focal point is an eight foot high Memorial Wall which faces the pavilion across the lawn. Eight bronze plaques hang on the wall, inscribed with the names of veterans from North Carolina. These plaques required a donation for a name to be listed. Of the names on these plaques, one is from the Revolution and about two dozen in total from the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War I. The vast majority are from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. One section of the wall has a place for new names to be added via individual brass plates. Additional memorial features include a drinking fountain, park benches and decorative lamp posts. Most of these elements and the courtyard wall have memorial plaques attached. Three flag poles were placed in the courtyard next to the pavilion near a courtyard wall.
Images: Central plaque | Memorial wall | Bronze plaque 1 | Bronze plaque 2 | Bronze plaque 3 | Bronze plaque 4 | Bronze plaque 5 | Bronze plaque 6 | Bronze plaque 7 | Bronze plaque 8 | Committee plaque | Drinking fountain | Lamp posts | Memorial paver bricks | Sponsor stones | Rear view of the Pavilion
Wall to right of pavilion, plaque on left: WE VENERATE OUR / FOUNDING FATHERS / FOR ESTABLISHING OUR / COUNTRY ON THE PRECEPTS / OF FREEDOM AND EQUALITY / AND FOR, ALMOST / MIRACULOUSLY, / INCORPORATING / AN ENDURING SENSE OF / NATIONAL CHARACTER / AND RESPONSIBILITY / FOR OTHERS IN THEIR / RECIPE FOR A NATION. / THEY DID THIS IN THE / CONVICTION THAT THIS / COUNTRY WAS BEING / ESTABLISHED UNDER GOD / AND UNDER HIS WATCHFUL / EYE AND BECAUSE / OF HIS PROTECTION. / BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE…
Wall to right of pavilion, plaque in center: THE NORTH CAROLINA VETERANS MEMORIAL
Wall to right of pavilion, plaque on right: IT HAS REQUIRED / WARRIORS AND THEIR / SACRIFICES TO PRESERVE / THE WORK OF THOSE / FOUNDING FATHERS, / NONE OF US WOULD / ENJOY THE FRUITS / OF THOSE VISIONARIES / WITHOUT VETERANS / FROM EACH GENERATION / WHO SECURED / OUR EXISTENCE. WE CAN / THANK GOD THAT / THIS MIXED STOCK / THAT IS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE / PRODUCES JUST ENOUGH / SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN, / LIKE THESE WE HONOR / HERE, TO KEEP US FREE.
Wall to left of pavilion, plaque on left: OUR SOLDIERS ARE / OF AND FROM THE PEOPLE. / THEY ARE, INDEED, US. / THEY ARE OUR FATHERS / AND MOTHERS, OUR SONS / AND DAUGHTERS, OUR / BROTHERS AND SISTERS, / OUR NEPHEWS AND / NIECES…AND OUR / NEIGHBORS. / NEVER SHOULD THEY HAVE / TO ENDURE THE HATE AND / THE HURT AND THE HORROR / OF WAR WITHOUT KNOWING, / THAT WE HAVE PLEDGED / OURSELVES TO THEM AS / THEY HAVE PLEDGED / THEMSELVES TO US.
Wall to left of pavilion, plaque in center: THE NORTH CAROLINA VETERANS MEMORIAL / THIS MEMORIAL HAS BEEN BUILT TO RECOGNIZE THE RESPONSE OF OUR STATE / EACH TIME OUR NATION NEEDED WARRIORS…TO HONOR EACH GENERATION / THAT SERVED US AT HOME AND TO MEMORIALIZE THOSE / WHO LEFT HOME TO MEET THE ENEMY AT A SUCH A DISTANCE / THAT THOSE AT HOME WERE PROTECTED.
THIS MEMORIAL WAS BUILT TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTINUITY OF SACRIFICE / BETWEEN GENERATIONS AND TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR NAMES FROM / EACH SUCCEEDING GENERATION TO APPEAR TOGETHER ON / THE SAME AS MEMBERS OF THE SAME BROTHERHOOD, / AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE SAME FAMILY.
THIS MEMORIAL WAS BUILT SO THAT WE MIGHT SEE THE COMMON CAUSE / OF EACH GENERATION, THE HERITAGE OF VALOR, THE HONOR IN SACRIFICE, / AND THE IMPERATIVE OF INDIVIDUAL DUTY.
Wall to left of pavilion, plaque on right: THIS MEMORIAL / SHALL PROVIDE PERSONAL / RECOGNITION FOR / A LONG LINE OF TARHEEL / CITIZEN-WARRIORS WHO / SERVED AN AUDACIOUS / IDEA THAT WOULD LIVE / LONG AFTER THEM: THAT / ONE NATION COULD BE A / SHINING CITY ON A HILL / THAT WOULD GIVE HOPE TO / ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE / WORLD, AND ONE / CAUSE: THAT SUCH A / NATION SHOULD NOT PERISH / FROM THE EARTH.
Committee plaque: THE NORTH CAROLINA / VETERANS MEMORIAL / BOARD OF DIRECTORS / DR. ELDON F. STONE, JR. CO-CHAIR / DONALD F. ANDREWS, JR. CO-CHAIR / AMY L. STEPHENS CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR / JUDY M. ANGELL TREASURER /
[Left Column] MARIE C. ALLEN / ROY LEE BUCHANAN / HENRY J. GREEN / STEPHEN V. JOHNSON / BOB STEVENS / HARRY WILLIAMS III /
[Center column] DON ANDREWS / ROBBIE H. CASTLEBERRY / HAROLD HARRINGTON / JOHN I. SAULS / VIRGINIA STRUGINSKI / JAMES H. WRIGHT /
[Right Column] WENDY W. BRYAN / MARY H. GRANT / REBECCA C. HUNTER / KAREN M. SMITH / HECTOR TREMBLEY / RAYMOND J. YAMRUS
MEMORIAL DESIGN / AMY L. STEPHENS DR. ELDON F. STONE, JR. GARY M. TURLINGTON / LANDSCAPER / JODY COUNCIL / CONTRACTOR / DAVID H. SIMPSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY / MASONRY / BURCH AND SMITH MASONARY
The North Carolina Veteran’s Memorial, Inc.
November 13, 2005
35.454240 , -79.051640 View in Geobrowse
Brick, bronze, copper, granite, wood
North Carolina Veterans Memorial Committee: Veterans of Foreign Wars-Department of NC, American Legion-Department of NC, American Legion Post 382, Broadway Lions Club, Disabled American Veterans
Warsaw, N.C. native and commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, General Dan K. McNeill, spoke at the dedication service. Music was provided by the 82nd Airborne Division band and chorus.
This memorial is not to be confused with The North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville, NC which was authorized by the state legislature and dedicated in 2011. The Broadway memorial came about after Dr. Eldon Sloan, a local dentist, read a book filled with reactions of veterans and their families to the film “Saving Private Ryan.” He also realized how unappreciated Vietnam veterans had been, and was compelled to honor them and veterans of all wars. At the time, there was no memorial dedicated to all of the state’s veterans and Sloan and a group of supporters decided to build The North Carolina Veterans Memorial in Broadway.
The NC Veterans Memorial is located at 210 South Main St, Broadway, NC 27505, at the corner of South Main St. and McLeod Avenue.
The Memorial Pavilion and Park stand in a residential area. The landscape includes flowering and shading trees and seasonal greenery.
The pavilion and park are in use throughout the year for a variety of activities to include weddings, Christmas tree lighting and veterans’ memorial services.