About the Memorial

The Guilford County Veterans Memorial is an approximately one-acre memorial dedicated to the Guilford County, North Carolina, veterans of our nation’s foreign wars.

It is composed of many meaningful sections:

Curved Entryway

Curved Entryway signifies “Welcome to All Visitors;” We welcome you to see how the people of Guilford County responded to the call of our national leaders to defend the freedoms we hold dear, and to define who we are as a people.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial

Circular Area

This leads to a Circular Area. A circle, an unbroken line, represents the unity of the United States in times of national peril.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial

Central Area

This Central Area has walls but is open to the heavens, signifying freedom.

Obelisk

This area contains an Obelisk, a tall four-sided tapered pillar pointing to the heavens, and signifying our belief that we are a nation under God.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial Obelisk

Bronze Plaque

A Bronze Plaque on each of the four sides of the obelisk recognizes those in this country who supported the call to defend our freedoms.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial Brass Panels

 

Ring of Walls

A Ring of Walls, with text and map panels to tell the story of why ahd how we of Guilford County responded to the call to defend our liberties.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial Ring of Walls

Wall of Honor

The Wall of Honor, displaying the Service Seals of our Military Forces, signifies honor and esteem to the Services which defend our National Heritage.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor

Openings in the Walls

Openings in the walls make the inside visible to those approaching. This signifies the openness of the United States, a welcome to all to our shores.

Engraved Bricks

A ring of individual Bricks, engraved with the names of those who are remembered for Service to the Nation. The individual bricks are for those who served in all our wars from the Spanish-American War to the War in Bosnia. You can search for bricks at the Guilford County Veterans Memorial here.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial Engraved Bricks

Exit Paths

Two Exit Paths, leading from the central obelisk area to the winding “A. ‘Jack’ Tannenbaum Path of Memories,” an area with six laminate panels. Each panel contains the innermost thoughts of those who were in combat in our wars, World War I to the Persian Gulf. These panels, some prayerful, some humorous, tell of the anguish they felt. These passages are meant to show that combat is for the brave and often costs the nation its best and brightest. Before each panel is a bench for contemplation and prayer.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial

Curved Wall

At the apex of the winding “A. ‘Jack’ Tannenbaum Path of Memories,” a Curved Wall. On the wall, in bronze, a passage from a World War II military cemetery in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations:

When you go home,
Tell them of us and say:
For your tomorrow,
We gave our today.

Guilford County Veterans Memorial Curved Entryway

Benches for Rest and Contemplation

In front of the bronze plaque, benches for rest and contemplation and prayer to honor those men and women of this Country and this Nation who gave their full measure of devotion.