05/20/17 — Duplin to honor World War I dead

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Duplin to honor World War I dead

By Dennis Hill
Published in News on May 20, 2017 10:09 PM

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County and the Duplin County Historical Society will unveil and dedicate a granite monument as a permanent memorial to the men from Duplin County who died in World War I. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26 on the south grounds of the courthouse in Kenansville.

All members of the families of World War I dead will be honored as special guests, and all military veterans will be recognized. Seating will be provided, and handicapped parking will be available nearby.

The public is asked to assist in ensuring that everyone eligible is identified, and also in identifying any surviving family members. The Historical Society also would like to identify each man's home town, rank and branch of service, dates of birth and death, and names of parents, siblings, wives, children and other family members.

If sufficient information can be obtained, the historical society would like to publish a book containing biographical sketches of each man. In addition to the usual information contained in official biographies, reminiscences of friends and personal stories about those killed are being sought. Photographs, civilian and military, also are being sought.

If you know the names of servicemen who should be honored, contact Charles Ingram, who is project chairman, at 910-296-1111.