Town leaders will celebrate Rolesville’s new veterans’ memorial during a ceremony Friday morning.
Workers installed a $5,000 granite slab monument Wednesday morning at the corner of South Main and West Young streets in downtown Rolesville. The memorial, crafted by Wake Monument Company, reads “In honor of those who served” and features the seals of all five branches of the military. A new flag pole sits behind the monument.
“It finally came together,” Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said.
Eagles has been pushing for the town to install a veterans’ memorial for a year and a half, and plans finally were set in motion last fall.
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Rolesville is the fastest-growing town in North Carolina, but residents had to travel to neighboring towns to honor veterans at monuments. Eagles said the inconvenience got him thinking, and he wanted his town to have a physical place for people to visit and reflect on those who serve.
Eagles said town leaders considered putting a memorial in a park. But it so happened that the town had bought a building downtown and planned to move it because of safety issues. They chose that spot for the monument.
“It just worked out that way,” Eagles said.
And it was just in time for Memorial Day.
A dedication ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Friday. The event will feature prayer, dedication of the monument and raising of the flag. Local veterans will speak, including Eagles.
Although Eagles spearheaded the project, he said the event is not about him.
“It’s really just to honor our veterans,” he said. “A lot of it is to honor the ones who didn’t make it home.”
Evan Owens: 919-829-8955, @eowens12