Monument dedicated to Duplin County World War I servicemen

Published: May. 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM EDT
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Just as Memorial Day weekend gets underway, a ceremony was held in the east to remember the sacrifices of one Eastern Carolina county during the Great War.

It's been one hundred years since the U.S. entered World War I back in 1917.

During the war the U.S. lost more than 110-thousand soldiers and today a handful of those heroes were honored with a monument from the county they all came from.

The monument, which was dedicated at the Duplin County courthouse in Kenansville, holds the names of more than 29 men who fought in the war.

The monument sits with three others with each one bearing the names of Duplin County men and women who fought and died in every conflict from World War I to the Vietnam War.

"To honor a young farm boy from Duplin county I think it's a great honor, his family is very proud of him. I have a son who's named Gavin, who I named in honor of him," said Garry Bagget Jr., whose great uncle died fighting in WWI in the battle of Verdun, and whose name is on the new monument.

The Historical Society of Duplin County is responsible for the monument.

The society would like other residents to come forward if they had a family member who served in WWI so that they too can be honored.