History group looks to move little-known WWI monument

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In honor of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, a historical group is working to renew and relocate New Hanover County’s only WWI monument.

Every day thousands of people drive right by it, and most don’t even know it.

“I’ve never, in 17 years here, seen anyone get out of the car and go over to take a look at it and see what it is,” historian Wilbur Jones said.

That’s why Jones and the World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition want to fix up and move the monument. It currently sits in front of New Hanover High School. They want to move it to the downtown Riverwalk. They say the green space next to the coast guard mooring site would be a perfect location.

The coalition is meeting with the city, county, school district and the Coast Guard next Wednesday to talk numbers and see if relocation is possible.

“This is an opportunity to rededicate it and draw people’s attention to it as another attraction to the waterfront area,” Wilbur said.

After next week’s meeting we’ll have a much better idea as to whether the monument will call Water St. its new home.

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