As a tribute to those brave men and women who serve to provide safety and protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad, the Town of Apex constructed a memorial space in the heart of downtown at the corner of Salem Street and Saunders Street. The memorial was constructed in 2013.
Funding for the Service Memorial was made possible fully through private donations. Nearly 200 engraved bricks were purchased, mostly by Apex residents, to honor their family members or friends who are public safety workers, or who serve or have served in the armed forces.
About the Memorial
It started with a piece of steel. The Town of Apex received a 6-inch cube of metal beam recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center’s South Tower. This was the inspiration behind the Service Memorial.
The steel cube, symbolic of the destruction our nation faced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, rests atop a 5-foot granite monument. Written tributes adorn each of the 4 sides of the monument. Paths made from engraved bricks radiate out from the center of the monument, forming the foundation of this space. A brick seating wall allows visitors to rest and reflect, while a 10-foot town clock reminds us all to take time to remember.
Each of the 4 sides of the monument is a tribute to 1 of the following:
- All Fire, Police and EMS personnel who live each day to protect our cities and towns (and in memory of the attacks on New York)
- All veterans
- Those in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon
- Those who served or are serving in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The town occasionally places an order of additional engraved bricks. If you would like to purchase an engraved brick for a loved one, complete the order form linked below. The price per brick is $200. Funds from brick purchases are used solely for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the memorial area.