And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
-Declaration of Independence
This sacred honor is symbolized in the monuments erected in war memorials across the country. Through these monuments, the living and the dead are connected; memorials possess a sequence of meaning, symbolism, memory and emotion. As important as these memorials are, it is our use and reverence of them that gives them significance.
“The Carolina Field of Honor is a symbol of historical fact that our community shows the highest respect and honor to our Veterans, those of the past, present and future, a sacred ground for those we respect and honor. Over 150,000 Veterans and their families will have refuge of solace giving them the privilege of remembering their loved ones. The memorial will serve future generations in a beautiful setting, used as both a recreational retreat and the facilities for ceremonies and events honoring those that serve.”
Field of Honor at Triad Park seeks to honor all that have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. The memorial includes a tribute to each branch of service with both large and small monuments, flags, obelisks, and a memorial brick walk. Additionally, an indoor banquet facility is also present, along with activities for families who choose to spend the day at the park after immersing themselves in the educational and historical elements the park provides. Picnic and gazebo shelters can be found on the property, along with hiking trails, horseshoe pits, a fishing pond, sand volleyball courts, a softball and soccer field, playgrounds, and vendor areas with shelter.
Mint Hill, North Carolina
There were 788 members of the military from North Carolina who were killed or missing in action during the Korean War. The North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial is the only one of its kind in the entire state of North Carolina that honors soldiers’ sacrifices from this particular war. The N.C. Korean Memorial ensures that these soldiers will always be remembered.
Oklahoma City, OK
The Oklahoma Veteran’s Memorial Garden was constructed with the purpose of honoring Oklahoma war veterans killed in action. An 8 1/2 foot tall bronzed statue dressed in the gear of a Vietnam soldier leads the way into the memorial. Behind it are four bronzed wall panels representing World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. On the backs of these panels you can find the names of each Oklahoman killed in action during that particular war. Additionally, a memorial to the USS Oklahoma, which sank at Pearl Harbor, is also present in order to pay reverence to those killed in that attack.
“Throughout history, and still today, there have been ordinary individuals who rose from the fields of Oklahoma to give their lives for this country. All of them gave something and some of them gave everything. There is no greater devotion… “
The Veterans Park serves as a permanent tribute to the past and present veterans of the United States Military who have provided service to this country. At the park you will find a large wall called “The Living Walls.” The wall is for veterans, active duty, retired, MIA, or those killed in action that have a tie to Oklahoma. Additionally, you will find a Vietnam Memorial Wall. This is an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. This replica wall traveled the country with the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Mission and is now retired, finding its permanent home at the Woodring Veterans Park in Enid, Oklahoma.
The monument at Memorial Park, the largest of its type outside of Washington D.C., honors 980 South Carolinians who died in the Vietnam War. On the park grounds you will also find a Holocaust monument which stands on a granite Star of David. Featured here are the names of the Holocaust liberators and survivors from South Carolina. Additionally, the memorial includes a map of the death camps across Europe and a chronological timeline of World War II. Alongside this monument is a Korean War memorial that honors South Carolinians who served our country during that time.
Medal of Honor Museum, Vietnam Experience Exhibit, and the Cold War Memorial
Mount Pleasant, SC
Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the mid 1970’s to develop a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the center piece of the museum being the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS YORKTOWN. Patriots Point, on the Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, SC, is the home of Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, including the USS YORKTOWN, Cold War Memorial, and the only Vietnam Support Base Camp in the U.S.. Patriots Point is also headquarters to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the agency’s official Medal of Honor Museum.
The Medal of Valor Museum:
The Medal of Valor is our nation’s highest award for military courage. Patriot Point’s Congressional Medal of Honor Museum features interactive exhibits that explain the origin of the Medal of Honor and its distinctions. The exhibit tells stories of Americans who displayed courage. Special tribute is also paid to the first Medal of Honor recipients from the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Vietnam Experience Exhibit:
Patriots Point brings the history of the Vietnam War to life in a two and one-half acre Vietnam Experience Exhibit. The immersive exhibit includes facilities such as a fire control bunker and mess hall along with various Vietnam-era artifacts. In addition to the artifacts, guests can climb onto an observation tower and hear the sounds of jet aircrafts and helicopters flying overhead. A 3-D production is also featured that brings hologram Marine officers to life. The Vietnam Exhibit provides a unique space for Vietnam veterans to reflect and reconnect with their experiences during their years of service.
The Cold War Memorial
The Cold War Submarine Memorial is a tribute to the dedicated service of the United State’s naval submarines during the Cold War from 1947-1989. The memorial gives thanks to the men and women, both civilian and military, who provided outstanding support and service which assured the success of each mission.
Visit Veteran War Memorials in the Southern Conference States – Part 1 to see veterans memorials in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi. And look for Part 3, coming soon.
Is one of these war memorials especially meaningful or poignant to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments or if there is a special war memorial that you’d like added to the list.