The construction has begun for the Charters of Freedom monuments that will honor our veterans. Located in Mark Watson Park, workers started construction on Thursday August. 18, 2016. Foundation holes were excavated for the three various monuments that will showcase some very important documents of our American heritage, the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Rebar was laid out in all foundation holes and concrete was poured in the afternoon.
On August 19, the forms were constructed and placed on the concrete pads and rebar was once again constructed and placed inside these forms. Concrete was poured in the afternoon. On Monday, August 22 the forms were removed and it is still unknown at this time when the brick work will begin.
February 2017 - Bronze inserts that will house the actual Charters of Freedom.
Thank you to all who participated in this dedication.
It was great day of celebration and the brief time that rain fell on the crowd during the dedication ceremony had failed to dampen the spirits of those gathered at Mark Watson Park on Friday, May 19, 2017 for the purpose dedicating three primary documents that comprise the Charters of Freedom monument: the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
These monumental documents represent full-size replicas of the original works housed in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Local and state officials, members of Freedom Foundation, the Smoky Mountain High School band, and Sylva Post 104 of the American Legion conducted dedication ceremonies to honor our founding fathers and the sacrifices that they and many others have made for our nation’s freedom. These monuments are “freely available” for all citizens to read and their legacy is expected to last for future generations to come.
David Zachary, Post 104 webmaster
In an effort to promote patriotism and Americanism, Post 104 is offering all citizens the opportunity to remember your veteran, loved one, or organization by purchasing a $50.00 paver brick as a memorial that would be installed near the Charters of Freedom monument viewing section of Mark Watson Park in Sylva, NC.
As part of the Charters of Freedom, a new Veterans Bench was installed across the street from the Legion Hall in Mark Watson Park on Friday, February 23, 2018. Together, Post 104 and the Cherokee VFW post split the cost, with other individuals also contributing :Ernest Bumgarner, Forrester Haugh, and Harold Hensley.
Everyone is invited to stop by the park and “tryout” the craftsmanship of this fine memorial to all who served and still serve this great nation, America!