A Park is Born
In 2008, the North Carolina Legislature approved Senate Bill 1611 and provided $15 million to construct the North Carolina Veterans Park with Fayetteville, NC as the chosen site. This bill was sponsored by Senator Tony Rand and had overwhelming support. The purpose of the North Carolina Veterans Park is a state park that honors military veterans from ALL service branches.
This park will consist of a visitors’ center, 7 water features, walking paths, and public art including the Oath of Service Wall. The North Carolina Veterans Park will provide a place for meaningful reflection and inspiration in a community setting that is beautiful, bold, and unique to honor the lives, service, and pride of North Carolina veterans.
The North Carolina Veterans Park held a groundbreaking on February 11, 2010 on the Parade Field of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The ceremony was attended by veterans, elected officials and community leaders as well the general public. This ceremony officially started the construction phase of the park.
Topping Off Ceremony
On March 16, 2011, The City of Fayetteville conducted a “Topping Off” Ceremony and met an important milestone when The Pride and Purpose Tower, the tallest structure of the park, was hoisted onto its base. The tower adjourns the Patriot Wall that will feature cascading water, stone and glass etched with famous quotations, an image of a soldier and the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Community leaders participated in this event.
Congressional and State Honors
The US Congress and the North Carolina General Assembly recognized the Veterans Park with resolutions from both bodies. You can read the US Congress Resolution HERE and the North Carolina General Assembly Resolution HERE.
Dedication Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting – July 4, 2011
The North Carolina Veterans Park held their ribbon cutting ceremony July 4, 2011. This ceremony was held to officially open the park and to commemorate veterans from ALL branches of the military. Over 3000 people were present for the ceremony including elected officials, community leaders, military personnel and countless veterans.