This monument, dedicated in 1931, is a life-sized bronze statue of a WWI soldier dressed in a field uniform, carrying a jacket over his right arm and a helmet and rifle in the other. Beneath is a multi-tiered granite base decorated with inscribed plaques listing the 41 men of Suffolk and Nansemond County who died during World War I. The inscription reads:
In memory of the men of Suffolk and Nansemond County who gave their lives in the World War
They sought not glory, but their country’s good and died that right, which is more precious than peace, might prevail.
This tablet is erected as a tribute to the men of Suffolk and Nansemond County, Virginia who died in the service of their country in the Great War.
Ernest Baker • Hinton A. Darden • Claud D. Daughtrey • Gilliam Edwards • Charles O. Edwards • Enos H. Fretz • Reuben P. Gardner • James H. Gomer • Thomas C. Hamilton • George R. Harcum • Vernon M. Herrick • George A. Holloman • Herbert R. Holloman • Clarence E. Horton • Henry V. Jernigan • Clarence Jones • David J. Lassiter • Meigs M. Lassiter • Mitchell F. Lloyd • Sidney T. Norfleet • William E. Odom • Richard E. Parker • David L. Pitt • Bernard Radford • Herbert B. Ragsdale • Harry M. Richards • Charles L. Scott • Sam Turner • William A. Walters • Edward B. Walton • Johnnie N. Whedbee. COLORED William Anthony • Elijah Baker • John Brinkley • Berry Dunning • Ben Freeman • Arthur Geter • Willie L. Lee • Monroe Lloyd • John H. Nichols • Rosser Spivey
Those who die for love of country sleep peacefully. Those who live to "carry on" hold high the torch that lights the flame of patriotism in the hearts of our children.
This monument was located originally at the intersection of North Main Street and Milner Road (probably, present-day Constance Road). It was later moved to Cedar Hill Cemetery’s entrance due to an increase in traffic.