Lynchburg’s iconic Monument Terrace has changed a great deal through the years, starting with its creation in the early 1880s as an improvement to the “Ninth Street Steps.” Two different fountains stood at the base of the steps until “The Doughboy” statue was dedicated in 1926 to stand guard in honor of city residents who served in World War I.  Additional markers for other war veterans followed, and today the landmark with its 139 steps honors veterans from the Civil War through both World Wars, Vietnam and present day, 11 markers in all.  The site has been a centerpiece gathering spot in the city for all sorts of events through the years; a rally in support of U.S. troops has taken place there every Friday at noon since November of 2001.

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