The North Carolina Veterans Park story line is the guiding vision for design of the park: “From the soils of North Carolina, you left your families and homes with purpose to serve your Country … The people of North Carolina Honor your service and welcome you home.”
The primary theme of the North Carolina Veterans Park (NCVP) is a “Veteran’s Journey: life before, during, and after service”. The secondary theme is rebirth and healing. This park represents redevelopment of an underutilized and environmentally challenged site, and is an opportunity to be a key revitalization component for downtown Fayetteville. The goal was to create a a 21st Century park that was designed for reflection and celebration – with bold, unique, and captivating exhibits – this 21st century park is a place where veterans can gather…and where every visitor can share the moving tribute of a grateful state, honoring those to whom our nation owes its freedom.
A 3,500 square foot Visitors Center anchors the park near the entrance. The Visitors Center will include a Service Ribbon Wall made of fused glass, representing every service medal awarded since the Civil War, as well as a unique chandelier made from 33,500 “dog tags” (service member identification tags). There will also be an interactive globe that allows you to pinpoint a location and learn about the heroic events that happened there.
Outside the Visitors Center is the North Carolina Soils Wall, built with soil collected from the state’s 100 counties. Native soils from North Carolina are featured and used throughout the park. The Community Lawn area features the Story Garden, which is an interactive structure where you can listen to touching personal accounts of veterans’ military experiences and their lives today.
The North Carolina Veterans Park is located adjacent to the 59,000 sq. ft. Airborne & Special Operations Museum. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum preserves the extraordinary feats performed by parachute and glider borne troops and their brothers in arms, the Special Operations Forces. By exploring the artifact displays, life-size dioramas, audio and visual displays, and motion simulator, you will gain a deeper respect and pride for the remarkable achievements of these brave Airborne & Special Operations soldiers. One of the area’s premier attractions, this state-of-the-art educational facility houses exhibits and programs that highlight the honor, courage, duty, and heroic feats of this unique sector of our armed forces from its inception in 1940 to present-day operations. The facility is part of the Army museum system. You can learn more about the museum at www.visitfayettevillenc.com