VETERANS' MEMORIAL PARK
104 South 2nd Ave.
Mayodan NC 27027
The centerpiece of the memorial is the “Mayodan Cannon,” actually a World War I French mortar which was originally presented to the community in honor of Mayodan soldiers who served in that war. The original placement of the gun was at the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street, beside the Mayodan Hotel. It remained in this location until it was sold in the 1960’s to a veterans group in Lexington, North Carolina.
Mr. Otis Richardson, a Mayodan World War II veteran, took special interest in the gun and eventually traced it to its Lexington location. In the 1980’s, he was able to obtain it and return it to his hometown, where he displayed it at his home on Main Street. Prior to his death in 1996, Mr. Richardson expressed his desire to restore the cannon as a veterans memorial for the citizens of the Town of Mayodan. His wife, Glenda, and his children graciously fulfilled his desire by donating the cannon to the Town in 2001. The Mayodan Preservation League and the citizens of the town are grateful to Mr. Richardson for his steadfast resolve to recover the cannon so it will again be a landmark and memorial to all veterans of our community.
The Mayodan Cannon was dedicated Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2001.
Special thanks to Tom Fox for his work to prepare and restore the cannon, and to C.G. Bullins and Earl Cardwell for their assistance in moving the cannon to its final place of honor.