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Sacrifices of 9/11 come home to Holly Springs

Posted May 26

— Holly Springs residents marked Memorial Day by honoring the fallen of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and recognizing the lives lost in the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

The project, a new War on Terror monument, was spearheaded by David Griffith, 17, as an Eagle Scout project. Griffith's older brother, U.S. Marine Maj. Sam Griffith, was killed in action in Afghanistan two years ago.

David Griffith designed the memorial, got the OK of the Holly Springs mayor and orchestrated the arrival Monday of the centerpiece: a piece of steel originally from the World Trade Center.

"I sat down one summer night in 2012 with my grandfather and my dad and we just started coming up with Eagle Scout ideas," Griffith said. "Before we knew it, we came up with this War on Terror memorial. Each piece represents something different."

The piece of steel, which represents the attack on New York, sits in a Pentagon-shaped patio of brick pavers, the surrounding pond and woods represent the field in Pennsylvania where a third plane went down. 

A motorcade of firefighters and police officers joined the Griffith family to escort the steel to its designation at Holly Springs Veterans Park.

The monument will be officially dedicated June 14, Flag Day and the day that would have been Sam Griffith's 39th birthday.

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  • Well I. D'Clare May 27, 11:54 a.m.

    This young man is a GREAT example to us all of what hard work and dedication to a GOOD cause, can accomplish.
    Kudos to him and to those who supported him and helped him finish this project.
    And prayers for all the loved ones of those lost in fields of battle.

  • HSFR May 27, 10:12 a.m.

    The address to Veterans Park in Holly Springs is: 600 Bikram Dr. Holly Springs, NC 27540. This is the Facebook page for the Memorial. https://www.facebook.com/dgwaronterrormemorial

  • joeschmo May 27, 10:09 a.m.

    Wow, what a great Eagle project. WRAL, can you post the exact location, next time I'm out that... View More

    — Posted by Hill55

    Veterans Park in Holly Springs:
    http://www.hollyspringsnc.us/index.aspx?NID=336

  • Obamacare returns again May 27, 9:00 a.m.

    This is exceptional! Well done young man!

  • Hill55 May 27, 8:21 a.m.

    Wow, what a great Eagle project. WRAL, can you post the exact location, next time I'm out that way, I'd like to visit.