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Lexington County Veterans Memorial – Lexington, South Carolina


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The Lexington County Veterans Memorial was crafted from over 80 tons of granite and erected in 2002. Located in the Town of Lexington, it is dedicated to World War II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans. The monument has four faces, each inscribed with a quotation.

Lexington Veterans Memorial

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Here are the quotations inscribed on the monument:

“I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.” Gen. Wm. C. Westmoreland

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” Gen. Douglas MacArthur

“In this column I want to tell you what the opening of the second front entailed, so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you.” Ernie Pyle

“Posterity: You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” John Quincy Adams

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3 Comments about Lexington County Veterans Memorial

Daniel J MurphyNo Gravatar says:
January 10th, 2016 at 9:49 am

I don’t understand why the memorial has the ending year of 1972 for Viet Nam. The last US casualties took place in April 1975 when two Marines from the Embassy were killed in action at the airport and when two Marine pilots were lost in a crash at sea of their CH-46 helicopter. All four were lost during Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon. This operation qualifies participants for the Viet Nam Service Medal. I don’t know how many Lexington County residents might have participated. I was there as a member of F Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment(artillery) attached to 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment (infantry). There were numerous other 3rd Marine Division units there as well.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 3rd, 2013 at 9:07 am

You are correct! Thank you – we have fixed the page!

Don WardNo Gravatar says:
October 2nd, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I think the description of the monument should say 80 TONS of granite rather than 80 pounds. 80 pounds of granite would make a very small monument indeed.





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