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North Carolina Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Lexington. Photo courtesy of Adam Domby.
 
North Carolina Vietnam Veterans' Memorial
Lexington
View complete article and references at Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina at: https://docsouth.unc.edu/commland/monument/35
 
Description: The memorial is a wall made of North Carolina red brick. The center panel of the front face of the memorial contains the names of over 1620 North Carolinians killed or missing in Vietnam. The foot of the monument lists the counties from which the dead hailed. In addition, a plaque displays the dedication date and honors those who lost their lives as well as those who served during the war. A brick walkway leads visitors through the park to the monument. The Evergreen trees which surround the monument were planted by the N.C. Forest Service to symbolize everlasting memory. 58,000 seeds were planted for the 58,000 Americans who lost their lives in this conflict.
Image of wall and close-up of bricks Image of landscape

 
Inscription:
Engraving: THE NORTH CAROLINA / VETERANS MEMORIAL / DEDICATED TO THE 216,000 / NORTH CAROLINIANS WHO SERVED / AND THE OVER 1,600 WHO WERE / KILLED OR MISSING IN THE VIETNAM WAR / MEMORIAL DAY 1991
Small Bronze Plaque: IN APPRECIATION TO THE BOARD MEMBERS / OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS LEADERSHIP / PROGRAM, INC. WHO TOOK A DREAM / AND MADE IT INTO A REALITY. / CHARLES RAY HOLYFIELD / J. DENNIS HOBAN / DAVID K. TATE / DAVID TANIS / PAUL TRUSIK / E. "ROBBIE" ROBINSON / JOHN P. D'ARCY / KENNETH TORREYSON / RAYMOND EVERST / ALSO: / TAMARA LAINE, PROJECT DIRECTOR / THOMAS BRICKER
Larger Bronze Plaque: CONTRIBUTORS TO THE / NORTH CAROLINA VIETNAM / VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK A TIME CAPSULE IS AT THE ENTRY OF THE PARK WITH THE NAMES / OF THE PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS MEMORIAL MAJOR BENEFACTORS / BRICK ASSOCIATION OF NORTH CAROLINA / N.C. MASON CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION / STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA / N.C. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION / U.S. ARMY FT. BRAGG / N.C. NATIONAL GUARD / FIRST CITIZENS BANK / N.C. ALLIANCE OF COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS // BENEFACTORS / THE WINSTON SALEM FOUNDATION / THE DAVIDSON COUNTY VETERANS COUNCIL / J.G. HANES FOUNDATION /GUILFORD MILLS INC. / THE WACHOVIA FOUNDATION / THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER // PATRONS / NCNB CORPORATION CHARITIES / BURLINGTON INDUSTRIES / DILLARD PAPER CO. / DICKSON FOUNDATION / SARA LEE CORP / JOHN W. & ANNA HANES FOUNDATION / N.C. ARTS COUNCIL / MARTIN MARIETTA AGGRGATES / CAROLINA STEEL / RJR TOBACCO CO. / R.C. KOONTS & SONS MASONRY / N.C. NURSEYMEN ASSOCIATION / PITTSBURGH BREWING CO. // SPONSORS / MONTGOMERY MONUMENT WORKS / JACOBS CREEK STONE CO. / BLUMENTHAL FOUNDATION / GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD / LANCE CORP. / NATIONAL CHAMPIONS FOUNDATION / NORTHERN TELECOM INC. / SMITH RICHARDSON FOUNDATION / NORTHERN TELECOM, INC. / SMITH RICHARDS FOUNDATION / SOUTHERN BELL TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CO. / TEXFI INDUSTRIES / SMITH TURF AND IRRIGATION CO. / FLOYD LEE BARRIER POST NO. 3074 / CAROLINA CONCRETE MASONRY ASSOCIATION / LUCY MAY BODDIE FOUNDATION / TURFGRASS COUNCIL OF NORTH CAROLINA / FIRST UNION FOUNDATION FOR THE CAROLINAS / SIDLEY & AUSTIN / J. DENNIS HOBAN / WALT F. ULMER / J. KENNETH TORREYSON / JOHN P. D'ARCY / DAVID KIRK TATE / PAUL TRUSIK / CURVED PLYWOOD INC. / JEFFERSON PILOT FOUNDATION / CHARLES AND CLARA HINKLE / TAMARA NELSON LAINE / ARCHIBALD C. RUFTY / FAMCO MANY THANKS TO THE N.C. ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, BRICK ASSOCIATION OF / NORTH CAROLINA, N.C. MASON CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, AND THE / N.C. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SPECIAL THANKS IS EXTENDED TO THE N.C. FOREST SERVICE WHICH DONATED / AND PLANTED 58,000 LOBLOLLY PINE SEEDLINGS ALONG THE 11 MILE STRETCH / BETWEEN GREENSBORO AND THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK, PLANTED / FIVE YEARS AGO, THE EVERGREEN TREES SYMBOLIZE THE LIFELONG MEMORY / OF THE 58,000 AMERICANS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR
Dedication date: 5/27/1991
 
Materials & Techniques: North Carolina brick
 
Sponsor: The North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, NC Department of Transportation.
 
Cost: $600,000
 
Unveiling & Dedication: The monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 27th, 1991 under an overcast sky. Remarks were given by those who had organized the fundraising, building, and dedication of the structure. Congressman Howard Coble and then Lieutenant Governor James Gardner spoke at the dedication. At the end of the ceremony, all Vietnam veterans in attendance were asked to be recognized at the dais.
 
Location: It is located at mile marker 100 on Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte. The monument can be accessed through a rest stop.
 
City: Lexington
 
County: Davidson
 
Subjects: Vietnam War
 

 

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35.84276
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-80.13103
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Comments

This memorial is truly one of the best memorials that I have ever seen to the men who served. I noticed that some of the names were in different colors. Does this indicate if the person served or died in service? Or why are the names in different colors? Thank you so much.

On our trip back to New Jersey from a wedding in Georgia on 4/1/19, we stopped and spent some time at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial near the rest stop in Lexington NC.
We were very moved by the memorial and admired the landscaping around the site. Can you tell me the type of trees that were planted along the outside of the walkway leading up the the wall. They were not yet in bloom but the bark was very interesting. Thank you for your time.

Jim Price

Hello Jim,

From the images I have been able to find of the site I believe the trees are Bradford Pear. If you have a picture we may be able to make a more definite identification. Another tree that is commonly used in North Carolina for ornamental purposes is the Crepe Myrtle.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to respond to this post with any further questions or comments.

Best Wishes,

Christopher - NC Government and Heritage Library

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