Located in front of the Doddridge County Court House, in West Union, WV, stands a memorial, hand made in part, to all those persons who have served in the wars of the United States and were from the county of Doddridge, WV.
Many residents of Doddridge County have answered the call to
duty and have placed themselves in harm’s way serving the armed forces of the
United States, in both wartime and peacetime.
The patriotism found in Doddridge County is deep rooted and goes back
generations. The Doddridge County Veterans
Memorial and Honor Roll is a unique county monument that honors all veterans,
living and deceased, for their service and sacrifices to secure the freedoms of
these United States of America from WWI to the current War on Terror. The memorial is comprised of several parts,
the most inspiring is the hand-written names of those who have served on the
Honor Roll wall which is encased inside a small brick building and behind glass
for viewing. The original Honor Roll of
Doddridge County was hand painted on a white wooden wall by the Ladies
Auxiliary of veteran’s organizations, listed alphabetically and grouped by war,
with names added as needed. As the wars
of the recent eras have again became abundant, the names of those who have gone
off to war for the United States have again needed to be added and the wall is
beginning to fill. A huge endeavor is
being undertaken by the Doddridge County Heritage Guild and the VFW Post 3408
to create a digital version of the honor wall to also include from WWI –
present day as well as the Civil War and the Spanish-American War when those
names are known to them.
The land that the
Veterans Memorial and the Doddridge County courthouse stands upon was donated
to the county by Nathan Davis, jr. Nathan Davis came to what is now Doddridge
County, West Virginia between 1801-1807.
The first court session in the county happened in his home – where the
courthouse and the Veterans Memorial now stands – which he later left to the
county for the erection of a permanent courthouse. Nathan Davis was a prominent figure in
Doddridge County history and owned most of, if not all the land, in what is now
the county seat of West Union. Nathan
Davis was a mail carrier, militia captain, director of the West Union Academy,
Justice of the Peace, and the Sheriff of Harrison County.
While directly nestled
below the county court house, as well as sitting on a knoll above the main town
and Doddridge county seat of West Union, the memorial provides a powerful
reminder of the rich military history of the citizens of Doddridge County as
well as a place to reflect and meditate over the hundreds of men and women from
this West Virginia county that have served in the United States Armed Services. The wall is a lasting tribute to the heroes
of Doddridge County and with this memorial those who look upon it will be able
to treasure and honor that respect and acknowledgement even after those men and
women have passed. The Doddridge County
Veterans Memorial and Honor Wall show the community and the youth that freedom
is never free and that many from this community came before them to serve so
that they may live free in the United States of America.