Veterans Memorial, Connelly Springs
The two predominant features of the Connelly Springs Veterans Memorial are a 45-feet long stone and brick wall and a granite marker standing on the courtyard in front of the wall. The tablestone style marker stands just over 5-feet tall counting the double base and is 6-feet wide. The tablestone widens slightly from the base up to the flat top. A large V has been cut into the front left face with the incised inscription to the right. Near the bottom, bronze coats of arms for the five services have been set into the stone. Running from left to right are: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard. Two flag poles, topped with bronze spread wing eagles, stand to either side.
The slightly curved wall consists of nine columns in a random building stone style laid on a similar base about a foot high. The two end columns and center column are somewhat wider. The wall is staggered in height, with sections on each side rising from five and six feet high to a seven feet high center section. Between each set of columns the wall is made up of light brown bricks inscribed with memorials to individual veterans. The wall is topped with flat pieces of granite and it supported by a concrete block back wall. The dedication plaque and “Soldier’s Prayer” plaque are set into the center stone column. The courtyard is made of random sized natural stone pavers. A low stone wall with an opening in the center defines the memorial entrance. Two granite benches, two MIA/POW stones in the landscape area and four tall light poles complete the memorial.
Images: Dedication plaque | Soldier's Prayer | Brick section | Brick sections and plaques | Side view of the memorial | Far-off view of the memorial
Granite marker inscription: IN HONOR / OF ALL / THE AMERICAN VETERANS
THE AMERICAN VETERANS FOREVER A SYMBOL OF / BRAVERY SACRIFICE AND FREEDOM / WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE ON / WHENEVER AND WHEREVER DEMOCRACY EXISTS / THE AMERICAN VETERANS SHARED A COMMON GOAL / TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRIES FREEDOMS
Granite marker base: GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS
Dedication plaque: BOY SCOUT EAGLE PROJECT / [Eagle Scout symbol] / "CONNELLY SPRINGS VETERANS MEMORIAL" / DESIGNED AND COORDINATED BY / MATTHEW A. ZIMMERMAN / PRESENTED TO / THE TOWN OF CONNELLY SPRINGS / DEDICATED / IN HONOR OF ALL / THE AMERICAN VETERANS / FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING BRAVERY AND SACRIFICE / FOR PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY’S FREEDOM / MAY 20, 2006 / “GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS”
Prayer plaque: A SOLDIER’S PRAYER / ALMIGHTY FATHER. WHOSE COMMAND IS OVER ALL / AND WHOSE LOVE NEVER FAILETH / LET ME BE AWARE OF THY PRESENCE / AND OBEDIENT TO THY WILL / KEEP ME TRUE TO MY BEST SELF, GUARDING ME / AGAINST DISHONESTY IN PURPOSE AND IN DEED /AND HELPING ME TO SOLDIER AND TO LIVE / SO AS TO STAND UNASHAMED AND UNAFRAID BEFORE / MY FELLOW SOLDIERS, MY LOVED ONES, AND THEE / LET MY UNIFORM REMIND ME DAILY OF THE / TRADITIONS OF THE SERVICE OF WHICH I AM A PART / IF I AM INCLINED TO DOUBT, STEADY MY FAITH / IF I AM TEMPTED, MAKE ME STRONG TO RESIST / IF I SHOULD MISS THE MARK, BESTOW UPON ME / THE COURAGE TO TRY AGAIN / GUIDE WE WITH THE LIGHT OF THEY TRUTH - / AND KEEP BEFORE ME THE LIFE OF HIM IN WHOSE / EXAMPLE AND DELIVERANCE I TRUST / IN THE NAME OF MY LORD AMEN. / - AUTHORED BY AND UNKNOWN / WW II US NAVY SERVICEMAN
City of Connelly Springs
May 20, 2016
35.739970 , -81.502610 View in Geobrowse
“History,” Burke County, North Carolina, Town Square Publications, Burke County, NC Chamber of Commerce, (accessed December 15, 2016) Link
Bronze, stone, brick, concrete
Matthew A. Zimmerman, Eagle Scout Project
The memorial is in a Veterans Park behind the Connelly Springs Town Hall along U.S. Highway 70 East in Connelly Springs, NC.
The memorial complex is surrounded by a few trees and bushes.
The Veterans Park and accompanying outdoor stage are used throughout the year for community events.