Freedom for All

Years in the making, Cary’s own standing tribute to veterans is now open for visitors.

The Veterans Freedom Park, featuring a memorial court of service flags, benches and the property’s original veterans sculpture, was dedicated on May 22 with much fanfare.

Cary Magazine chief photographer, Jonathan Fredin, was on hand at the dedication; view photos here

Dominating the new park is a 90-foot white granite spire, assembled in Mount Airy and lined with LED lighting. The five seals representing each branch of the military circle the base of the spire, creating a quiet place for reflection.

“The park offers citizens a place to show their respect and gratitude,” said Doug McRainey, director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources for the Town of Cary.

“This moment has been years in the making. We’re grateful for this opportunity afforded to our community by the National Veterans Freedom Park Foundation and Dr. Jim Goodnight (founder of SAS Institute), and we are eternally indebted to the men and women who have served in all wars and conflicts in the name of freedom,” he said.

The memorial park opening follows a multi-year planning and construction effort by SAS and the National Veterans Freedom Park Foundation, along with decorated veterans and members of the community.

Located at 1513 N. Harrison Ave., Veterans Freedom Park operates daily from dawn to dusk.

Programming and event information related to the Veterans Freedom Park is available at or by calling (919) 469-4061.

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