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World War I Memorial moved to river front


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –- Moving an 8-10,000 pound monument is no easy task, but a crew of men did just that this morning.

Carefully rigging Wilmington's World War I Memorial up to a crane, the men then lifted it off its base in front of New Hanover High School and loaded up on a flatbed truck.

The President of World War II Wilmington Coalition, Wilbur Jones, says the memorial hasn't been moved in 42 years. It was originally set in the median on Market Street and later moved in front of the high school.

Now with the 100th anniversary of World War I Jones says it was time for a move.

"Nobody knows it's here," Jones said. "People who know it's here probably never stop and understand the significance of its meaning."

The memorial will be moved to Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington near the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence.

On November 11 it will be rededicated to the 37 Wilmington men who lost their lives during World War I.

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Who paid for the move?

One would think that info would be part of this story. It was a relevant issue in the first story about this monument.

(Thanks for explaining though that it took men and a crane and a flatbed truck. We never would have figured out that part by ourselves.)


The only thing we need in that area now would be a fountain (Kenan Fountain). Would make a nice peaceful spot to remember those who have served before us.
Then move the Battleship to this side of the river and convert the CC into a Maritime Museum.........


Move the battlship

and you open up that big parcel of land across the river with easy access to roads leading from the area.

Then invite the Ripkin Group, which had expressed interest in building a baseball facility and operating a minor league team to come in and proceed.

If you remember, they were primed to come in. But, Mandalanta and its supporters felt they would have an unfair advantage.

The only advantage I saw them having was Cal Ripken's name and the ability to do the project with private funding rather than public funding.

Come to think of it, that would have been a distinct advantage for the taxpayers.

Think of the possibilities.

During warm weather, park across the river; take a water taxi and spend the day downtown; avoid parking issues downtown.

Are we going to let Fayetteville outdistance us? They're in the early stages of park planning, for a minor league team; and using private funding to boot.