Obelisk to be added to military museum

The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas is preparing to welcome a new addition to the building plan: a 20-foot-tall granite obelisk.

Museum officials are proposing building the stand-alone monument in front of the planned Mint Hill museum in honor of prisoners of war and service members missing in action for all American wars and conflicts. The monument, with a proposed aluminum pedestal and bronze plaque, could include an engraved ring at the base filled with ceremonial soil samples from all major American conflicts, dating to the founding of the U.S. Continental Army in honor of all prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.

Designed by Matthews resident Roger Reimann of Zoma Communications, the idea for the monument came to museum organizers last year from Ed Halliburton, commander of the Charlotte Metrolina Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War. The chapter has nine veterans, all POWs from World War II. In addition to the monument, the veterans have agreed to share their individual stories and donate WWII memorabilia for display at the museum, which will be built off N.C. 218 near Interstate 485.

“This additional monument will pay tribute to the Americans who never returned home from combat and to those that faced terrible suffering as prisoners of war in foreign lands,” museum President Bill Dixon said in a press release. “This will be a reminder to all who see the monument that freedom is not free.”

Want to know more?
Find more information about the museum online at www.visitafmac.org or call Bill Dixon at 704-661-6162.

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