NC Veterans Park works to fix error
Posted July 7, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Changes to correct a copy-editing mistake made on a wall at North Carolina Veterans Park were underway Thursday.
North Carolina's first park honoring military veterans from all branches of service opened Monday in Fayetteville with an Independence Day dedication.
The Preamble to the Constitution, which is etched in glass at the park, contained a mistake. The wall had the word "prosperity" instead of "posterity," in the line "Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."
"We're actually not sure where the blame lies," Fayetteville spokeswoman Jennifer Lowe said.
Lowe said a new glass has been ordered at no cost to the city. The corrected glass is expected to arrive in the next three to five weeks.
"Nothing is getting paid for until it's perfect," she said.
The word "defense" was also spelled using a "c," but that is how it appeared in the Preamble because the Old English spelling was "defence."
"I've had quite a few phone calls," Lowe said.
The park includes sculptures, fountains, monuments and a visitors center. The tallest structure, called the Pride and Purpose Tower, is made of stainless steel and granite and rises about 35 feet.
The five-acre, $13.7 million park, which is located next to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, was planned for a decade before construction started early last year.
Crews worked seven days a week in the last month to complete the park in time for the dedication.