Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
Interstate I-85 between Lexington and Thomasville at mile marker 100. Access exits to the park are indicated on both northbound and southbound Interstate 85.
Thomasville’s central location and well known respect for the military played a key role in the state placing the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial along I-85 in Thomasville. The Memorial is conveniently located at a state maintained rest area and a wreath laying ceremony there kicks off the Memorial Day Celebration each year. An alphabetical listing of each North Carolinian killed or missing in Vietnam is etched into the face of the 1,647 bricks that comprise the Memorial.
The North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located at mile marker 100 off of Interstate Highway 85 between Greensboro, NC and Charlotte, NC. It is approximately 30 miles south of Greensboro, and approximately 5 miles North of the Lexington, NC exit. Access to the memorial is through the rest stop. Handicapped access is provided with a ramp running down to the rear of the memorial itself. Non-handicapped access is by way of a circular stairway running down to the main entrance to the memorial.
The memorial is a brick wall with a center panel containing the names of the North Carolinians killed or missing in Vietnam; their country of origin is written at the base of the memorial. A red brick path leads visitors from the main entrance to the park’s commemorative plaque then onto the memorial.