"We and our sponsoring organizations believe that projects such as ours honoring the veterans of our country's military have become vitally important. History teaches us that so long as evil lives in the hearts of powerful men and so long as fanatics can use weapons of massive death...so long will there be the possibility that our sons and daughters may leave to fight for us."

"Our veterans of past wars have earned our eternal gratitude and our children and youth must be assured that if they must go to war, their sacrifices will not go unhonored and their deaths will not go unmarked."

"These messages are worth this effort that we have undertaken and we believe they are worthy of your support."

Dr. Eldon Sloan, Jr.
Co-Chair North Carolina Veterans Memorial
August 15, 2001