Remembering Those Who Fought

This weekend we traveled to an event in Charlotte but along the way we stopped at the rest area in Thomasville. We were greatly surprised to discover that this rest area was the site of The North Carolina Vietnam Memorial.  This memorial recognizes the North Carolinians killed or missing in the Vietnam War. It is located two miles south of Thomasville along I-85 in the Rest Area near mile marker 100. I am always looking for different things to do with the girls and this gave us an opportunity to stretch our legs a little bit.

The memorial was beautifully done. It is supposed to be a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Memorial is conveniently located  at a state-maintained rest area  and a wreath laying ceremony  there kicks off the Memorial Day Celebration each year.

 An alphabetical listing of each North Carolinian killed or missing in  Vietnam is etched into the face of the 1,647 bricks that comprise the  Memorial.

The memorial is a brick wall with a center panel containing the names of the North Carolinians killed or missing in Vietnam; their country of origin is written at the base of the memorial.  A red brick path leads visitors from the main entrance to the park’s commemorative plaque then onto the memorial.

Does your state have a memorial like this?? I would love to see pictures of it.

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