June 5, 2013 -- On Memorial Day, thousands of patriots from across the region gathered to honor Rowan and Cabarrus county veterans at the dedication and reopening of Veterans Park in downtown Kannapolis, and unveiling of the Ring of Honor memorial and eternal flame.
At the ceremony, heroes voiced stories of the grit and glory of military life; patriotic music lifted from the voices of students; and the crowd supported families of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The event included a Parade of Veterans, followed by the dedication program with opening remarks by Governor Pat McCrory; lighting of the Memorial’s eternal flame and a presentation by Rep. Richard Hudson of the flag flown over the U.S. Capital Building in Washing
The ceremony marks a major milestone in Kannapolis history.
Veterans Park reopened on Memorial Day of 2013 as a much larger and historically significant regional memorial that transforms the picturesque community park at the corner of N. Main St. and First St. in downtown Kannapolis into a regional historic landmark. The memorial features a granite Ring of Honor engraved with the names of more than 1,700 Cabarrus and Rowan County veterans who died in service, dating back to veteran records from the Re
volutionary War. At the center of the ring is the memorial’s eternal flame. A cascading water feature, seating area and green space surround the memorial, providing a private and peaceful atmosphere where visitors can quietly reflect and pay tribute to those who served.
Brick pathways connecting the eternal flame and Ring of Honor to Memorial Plaza are paved with over 1,400 engraved bricks celebrating patriotism and honoring those who served. Displayed at the park’s entrance in Memorial Plaza is a five-point star honoring the five branches of military service. De
sign of the brick monument anchoring Memorial Plaza includes a bronze wreath reminiscent of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a plaque honoring the Merchant Marines.
For more information on the memorial or to purchase a brick sponsorship through the City of Kannapolis, visit www.cityofkannapolis.com
or call 704-920-4343. For more information on Cabarrus County's Veterans Service Department
, call 704-920-2869 or visit their office on the second floor of the Cabarrus County Governmental Center (65 Church St. SW, Concord).
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