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.