Florence, SC – The City of Florence Veterans Park Committee will receive public comment regarding updating the wording on the Florence WWI monument on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at the City Center, 324 W. Evans Street. Interested citizens are invited to attend.
The WWI monument is currently owned by the Fred Sexton American Legion Post 1 and consists of a large marble monument and bronze plaque. Post 1 would like to donate the monument and plaque to the Florence Veterans Park where it would reside among other monuments and plaques at the Park honoring those who have served and are serving in our Unites States military. The WWI monument, according to a story by the Morning News, was presented to the public schools and originally dedicated on May 30, 1928 in front of the Florence County Library “in memory of the service men from Florence County, South Carolina who gave their lives in the World War.” It is believed that sometime during the early 1960’s the WWI monument was moved from the Florence County Library and relocated to the Fred Sexton American Legion Post 1 on East Palmetto Street.
Over the years, the monument has been subjected to the effects of time, weather, and vandalism. The Veterans Park Committee has committed to have the monument and plaque restored for it to be relocated to the Florence Veterans Park. During the restoration of the monument and plaque, recent news stories (WBTW, “Wording on WWI memorial plaque delays moving monument”, August 31, 2015) addressed the plight of the City of Greenwood in their effort to amend the designation and recognition of those who gave their lives in the service to their country.
Discussions regarding the relocation of the WWI monument have been ongoing between the Florence Veterans Park Committee, City staff, City Council, and representatives of the Fred Sexton American Legion Post 1. The public comment meeting is intended to receive input regarding changing the plaque with the names of those enlisted in alphabetical order rather than separated by “White enlisted” and “Colored enlisted.”
-This information is from a Press Release.