The Sewanee Memorial Cross sits in a wooded area on the edge of a bluff on the campus of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sitting on the Cumberland plateau overlooking the Franklin County valley, it was constructed in August 1922 as a memorial to all who died in "The war to end all wars." Today it not only serves as a reminder of those who died in World War I, but for all from Franklin County who have died in wars since then.
The Rt. Rev. Albion Williamson Knight was Vice-Chancellor from 1914 to 1922, and served the University during the construction of the cross. Knight saw enrollment in the College reach an all time high during his first years there, but later saw a loss of revenue and students after America entered World War I.
To visit the cross one starts at the University and travels down Tennessee Ave. As the cross grows nearer it appears directly in the middle of the road. The road dead ends here with a loop around the cross. A beautiful place day or night. If you are ever here, remember those who sacrificed their lives to make America what it is today.
There are many plaques commemorating these wars. The text for each plaque at the base of the cross reads:
World War I
To the sons of Sewanee who answered their country's call to service in the World War 1917-1918
World War II
To those from the university, the military academy, Sewanee, and all Franklin County in World War II 1941-1945
The Korean War
To the students and citizens of sewanee and to the citizens of Franklin County who served this country in the Korean War 1950-1953
To the men and women of the university of Sewanee and of Franklin County who answered their call to serve in the Vietnam War 1965-1972
To the men and women of the University, of Sewanee, and of Franklin County who served in Desert Storm 1991
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