This monument, erected after World War II, sits atop a four-sided conical pyramid base. It is dedicated to Lyons' veterans and there are brass plaques on each side with rosters of the Lyons veterans who fought in: World War I; World War II; the Civil War; and the Revolutionary, Spanish-American, Korean, and Vietnam Wars, the invasions of Panama and Grenada, and Desert Storm.
The West Virginia Veterans Memorial was designed by Charleston native P. Joseph Mullins, and built in stages from 1990-1999. The monument honors the over 10,000 West Virginian soldiers who lost their lives in the service of their nation. The memorial was originally funded by private donations and completed with the support of the state legislature. Though the memorial honors all West Virginian veterans, inscribed names are limited to four twentieth century conflicts for which data on West Virginian service exists: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Veterans Memorial is a popular gathering place for events and ceremonies that involve veterans.
This bronze sculpture depicts two soldiers apparently being welcomed home in triumph. A young girl on the left embraces the first soldier. The second soldier holds his hat in the air with his left hand while a dog sits at his side.
The only inscription is a quote from General Pershing:
"TO PERPETUATE THE GLORIOUS
MEMORY OF OUR CITIZEN SOLDIERY
WHO WILLINGLY SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES
THAT CIVILIZATION MIGHT NOT PERISH
WE PLEDGE OUR UNFALTERING PURPOSE
TO UPHOLD FOREVER THE PRINCIPLES
FOR WHICH THEY FOUGHT AND DIED"
The work stands on an approximately 3 foot high white granite plinth, with two sidepieces intended to resemble a ship.
Approximately 90 names of the fallen appear on a bronze plaque at the base of the plinth.
The work is listed on the Smithsonian Inventory and informs us that the 1922 piece is also named "Embarkation and Debarkation" is by Charles Henry Niehaus.
Dimensions are listed as "Sculpture: approx. 8 ft. x 4 ft. 1/2 in. x 4 ft. 1/2 in.; Base: approx. 7 x 12 x 8 ft."
The Inventory's description:
"A bronze sculpture depicting a World War I Doughboy and a Marine walking side by side with a young girl and a small bulldog beside them. The young girl holding a doll and a noise maker reaches up to touch the Marine who places his proper right hand on her shoulders. He holds a bouquet of flowers in his proper left hand. The Doughboy waves his hat in his raised proper right hand and carries his overcoat over his proper left arm. A bulldog is seated by his proper left foot. On the ground behind the two soldiers is a cluster of oak leaves and a helmet. The sculpture rests atop a rectangular base adorned with winged female figures on either side."
This memorial is a statue of a uniformed World War I soldier standing erect with his left hand on his hip and his right holding his hat. Behind the soldier stands a classical female figure wearing a robe, she is holding an American flag in her left hand. The sculpture was created by renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French. The statues stand on a granite base inscribed:
Veneration For Those Who Died
Gratitude To Those Who Live
Trust In The Patriotism Of Those Who Come After
The Town Of Exeter Dedicates This Memorial
To Her Sons And Daughters Of The World War