Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CFOH Talking Points:

The Carolina Field of Honor is dedicated to honoring and memorializing the service and sacrifice of the United States Armed Forces—men and women who have paid our freedom forward.

It is a venue of honor and reflection for veterans, a place where family and friends can commune with veterans and demonstrably express recognition, respect and appreciation for their service.

The Memorial offers intricate details but is awesomely simple in theme and purpose.

It is a hallowed ground for men and women of all services and all eras, dedicated to all who serve or have served our Country—they authenticate that freedom is not free.

It is a Veterans Memorial like no other, its striking main obelisk rises from a four-sided water cascade. Ten entry obelisks lead into the

Memorial’s center from all directions with historical verbiage about all major wars in which our country has fought.

Located in rustic 428-acre park on pastoral borders of two well-populated counties.

Destination quality site, pastorally located, but within driving time of minutes to hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians.

Easily accessible from State Highways 29, 68, 70, 311 and 421 as well as Interstate Highways 40, 73, 74 & 85.

Comprehensive—tributes for veterans of all wars, all eras, and all military branches.

Memorial/Honorary Pavers take on surrogate burial site personas, cause de celebre for visits and re-visits for generations to come.

Conceived and birthed by veterans, largely funded by grass roots contributions, without the use and cost of professional fund-raisers at minuscule administrative cost.

Large enough to spend a day—but organized such than an hour’s visit will be worthwhile.

Factually sound—does not rewrite history, does not glorify war, does not overwhelm, void of politics/political correctness, tasked to engage citizens/foreigners, civilian/veteran, young/old.

Narratives, summations and quotes tasked to resonate with students of military history from elementary to graduate levels.

Timely, relevant and essential instrument of Triad re-connectivity between active duty military, veterans and civilian populations.

A multi-level Carolina Field of Honor quiz is available from www.ncwmf.org to challenge military history buffs of all levels.

As of 21Mar2015, donations for the CFOH totaled $3,819,672, which had been given by 2513 individual donors. This includes the purchase of over 2000 engraved pavers.

HICAPS Project Manager James Ellison provided these facts:

  • Moved over 20,000 cubic yards of soil, approximately 1,200 dump truck loads
  • First piece (bottom piece) of the center obelisk weighs approximately 65,000 lbs
  • 1,000,000 pounds of concrete and granite in center plaza area
  • Approximately 8,000 Virginia mist pavers around the five service monuments
  • Service monuments (black granite) weigh 15,000 pounds each
  • The each section of the obelisk was lifted into place using four stainless bolts drilled and epoxied (high strength glue) on top surface area

Interesting Pavers:

  • Howie, Major of St. Lo (USA)
  • J. Gillis, Bugler Light-Horse Harry Lee 12Feb1781 (USA)
  • Beatrice Patton, Gen Patton’s oldest daughter (USN)
  • Ora C. Ives 49th Voluntary Infantry, Civil War (USA)
  • Tom Ferebee, bombardier of Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb over Hiroshima. (To be placed summer 2015) (USAF)
  • Major concentration of over two dozen submarine pavers (USN)


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