Scattered around Columbia County are at least four sites with six markers remembering those who died in service to their country.
These markers are housed inside and on the grounds of the Columbia County Courthouse in Appling; at the entrance to Patriots Park; and at Grovetown City Hall. While the Memorial Wall in Grovetown also includes names of all who served, as submitted to the city for inclusion on the wall, the other markers list the names of those who died in war.
Inside the courthouse are the oldest markers. A marble plaque for the War Between the States, marked only “Our Dead,” has the most names of any of the markers, recognizing that Columbia County had one of the highest rates of participation in the Civil War.
On either side of that plaque are markers for the World War – now known as World War I – and another for World War II.
On the grounds of the courthouse, the names of all three plaques are repeated on a granite marker erected by the Woodmen of the World. That marker also adds the names of those from Columbia County who died in service during the Korean War.
Those names also are included on the monument at Patriots Park.
The News-Times publishes these photos today, on Memorial Day Weekend, for residents to see in one place the monuments scattered around our community.