More than 200 people gathered around the D.G. War on Terror Memorial in Holly Springs Monday, May 30, to honor the fallen.
Mayor Dick Sears, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and Holly Springs native David Griffith all participated in the event. Griffith, 19, built the memorial in honor of his older brother, Maj. Samuel Mark Griffith, a Marine reservist who was killed in combat in Afghanistan Dec. 14, 2011. He was 36, married and the father of two.
Griffith started working on the memorial for his project in 2013 but has since made additions to the site, including a monument.
A granite pillar now rises from the center of a pentagon-shaped patio of brick pavers, surrounded by flags from every branch of the military. Wreckage from the World Trade Center is perched atop the pillar, which is inscribed with descriptions about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and a photo of Sam.
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“My brother is honestly the reason I do half the stuff I do,” said David Griffith, who was 15 when his brother died. “He was the one who pushed me to go the extra mile. ‘The extra mile is never crowded.’ That’s what he used to tell me.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon