Honoring Citizens

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Memorial Walk of Fame

Honors deceased Winston-Salem residents who made significant contributions to the arts. See past inductees.

Citizen’s Memorial Wall

Citizens Memorial WallThe Citizen’s Memorial Wall is at New Evergreen Cemetery and will have a bronze plaque for each person honored as having made a significant contribution to our city.


To nominate a person for this memorial wall, please complete the online nomination form. On the form, explain the contribution or accomplishment of significance and the person’s role in the community. Documentation can include:

  • Books
  • Copies of newspaper articles
  • Recordings of radio or television interviews
  • Web site information

Nominations will be reviewed by the Public Works Committee of the City Council. You will be notified of the outcome. There is a $300 fee to cover the costs of creating and mounting the plaque.

Memory Trees

Recreation and Parks offers a Memory Tree Program as a way that city residents can honor the memory of a loved one. You can select the type of tree to be planted and the location. A waterproof tag will be placed around the tree with the name of the person in whose memory it was planted.

Read details on the Recreation & Parks page

Mayor’s Proclamations

Send information for a proclamation to the Mayor’s office at least a week in advance. You can also request that the Mayor present the proclamation in person, based on his availability.

Call the Mayor’s office at 336-727-2058 or email the Mayor’s office.

Honorary Street Signs

A proclamation is also issued to give a city street or intersection an honorary name for a limited time. The Mayor’s office needs the information for the proclamation, and if approved, there is a fee of $75 for installation of the street sign by the Department of Transportation. Honorary street signs are removed after a specified period of time.

Call the Mayor’s office for information, at 336-727-2058 or email the Mayor’s Office.

Memorial Markers at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Memorial Markers at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum are to honor those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

New Memorial Markers are usually added in the spring with an official ceremony during the Memorial Day observance Ceremony, according to the wishes of the family.

We are assisted in the process by the Triad Vietnam Veterans Association.


The criteria was established by an ordinance of City Council. The criteria is the following:

  • The honored individual must have been born in Forsyth County
  • The honored individual must have been killed in action in a recognized conflict.

We will verify via a birth certificate or Forsyth County birth records that they were born in Forsyth County. Verification as to their military service is obtained thru various military government agencies. Once all are verified we contact the family.