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American Doughboy Monument

 

American Doughboy Memorial

Surrounded by yellow traffic lane markers, overhead power and phone lines, and huge aluminum supports suspending oversized traffic lights stands Meridian's tribute to the soldiers of World War I, the American Doughboy Monument.

The monument was created during the year of 1927.  It is made of local stones and serves as mount for the ever popular sculpture by E. M. Viqusney, the "Spirit of the American Doughboy."  The sculpture was created to honor the American soldiers of World War I.  It was mass produced in the 1920s and 30s and stands to honor soldiers in more than 160 locations.

The statue was brought to Meridian and placed atop the monument which was dedicated on November 11, 1927 by the Thomas Clay Carter Chapter (see Thomas C. Carter on this website), American Legion Post #21.  Having fallen near the end of the war, T. C. Carter, Jr. was originally buried in France.  After the war his remains were recovered and reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery.  The local American Legion Post honors his memory by maintaining the flag which covered his remains as he was placed to rest at Arlington.

The monument base of the statue offers a sheltered area, protected by an ornate wrought iron door.  In the hollow of the monument is mounted a bronze plaque which displays the following message:

“1917-1918.  To the glory of God and in honor of those of Lauderdale County who patriotically answered the call of their country to uphold justice and the rights of humanity in loving remembrance of those who therein made the supreme sacrifice.”

Mounted on the wrought iron door is the emblem of the American Legion and a small plaque identifying the local

 post as the sponsor of the monument.

It is obvious that many attempts have been made to beautify and preserve the monument, but in recent years priorities have apparently shifted to more important projects.

 

Doughboy Bronze Plaque Wrough Iron Door

 

In its earlier days, the memorial had a much more prominent and aesthetically pleasing surrounding.  Of course, Meridian was at the height of her Golden age then and things were different.  The photo displayed below is an excerpt from one of those ubiquitous Meridian postcards showing the monument in what is apparently the early thirties.

 

Meridian Doughboy Postcard