WWI memorial re-dedicated at new home along Riverwalk

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A war memorial once located at a Wilmington high school has a new home along the city’s Riverwalk.

At a re-dedication ceremony on Veterans Day, city officials, US Representative Mike McIntyre, WWI historians and residents attended the afternoon event. The event followed the 50th anniversary celebration of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence.

The granite monument, formerly located at New Hanover High School since 1922, lists 37 men who died in service 1917-18. The monument has been relocated to the city’s Riverwalk beside the existing Veteran’s Memorial and the Diligence dock for increased visibility and accessibility.

Re-dedication speakers included Rep. McIntyre; Dr. Janet Davidson, historian at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science; Dr. Taylor Fain, associate professor of history at UNC Wilmington; and retired Army Reserve Lt. Col. Si Harrington, also retired from the North Carolina Department of Archives and History.

“No one even knew it was there, not even the students. It was completely overlooked and I never saw anybody stop to read it and I passed by there every day. This is the 100th anniversary of WWI and this was the appropriate time to do it and what better day then on Veterans Day,” said Wilbur Jones of the USS North Carolina Battleship Commission.

The ceremony on the former Armistice Day, which ended WWI, also commemorates the war’s 100th anniversary year. The memorial called New Hanover High home from 1922 to 2014. The monument lists more than 30 men from New Hanover County who died in service during the war.

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