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Cary expands park in memory of those who gave ultimate sacrifice

Posted May 25, 2014

— In communities across the country, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died in the service of our country. In Cary, residents have a new place to pay their respects, the recently dedicated Veterans Freedom Park on North Harrison Avenue near the Cary Parkway.

The 12 acres are home to the 90-foot tall spire of the Veterans Freedom Monument, a reminder of the towering cost of lives lost. Below the spire, an angel in bronze hangs from that symbol of the fallen, a rifle mounted with a helmet. Around the monument, the plaza bears the seals of each branch of the United States military.

The monument and its plaza were funded by SAS Institute.

"You can feel the souls here," said Tim Oxendine.

"This has actually opened up a lot of people's eyes," he said. "They don't have to travel far away to Washington to see something of this magnitude. They can enjoy it right here in Cary." 

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, families came to salute the service of those who gave their all. Tyler Brezina, 18 and an Eagle Scout, remembered when the park held just a small bronze memorial. 

As a Cub Scout, he saw the American flag raised there.

He returned to visit the new memorial. 

"I guess I'm kind of proud that people are willing to lay down their lives to protect us, and I'm kind of happy to see how much it's grown," Brezina said.

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