Polk County, North Carolina Charters of Freedom

Updated: Feb 12

Town of Columbus

September 17, 2019

In January 2019, Foundation Forward, Inc. made a presentation to the Board of Commissioners in Polk County, NC. The Board took the matter into consideration and voted to accept the Charters of Freedom setting. The three-part setting would consist of The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. On March 1, 2019, the official Letter of Intent was signed by our Founder, Vance Patterson and Columbus, NC Mayor, Eric McIntyre. It was confirmed that the site for the setting would be in Veterans Park, located on Gibson Street in Columbus, NC. This location was selected by both Polk County and the Town of Columbus for its central location in the county, high visibility and foot traffic, and easy access by school children and citizens. Town of Columbus Councilman, Robert Williamson, was established as “Champion” to act as the main point of contact between the county and Foundation Forward, Inc. A fundraising campaign began, and a contractor was secured to build the settings. The funds raised, along with donations of labor and materials, help to offset the costs associated with the construction of this setting, which helps to “pay it forward” and help to install settings in additional counties throughout the United States.


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DEDICATION SET FOR SEPT. 17 - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN

The Charters of Freedom project in Columbus is progressing quickly with a dedication ceremony scheduled for Sept. 17.

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CHARTERS OF FREEDOM NEARING COMPLETION

Thanks to more than a dozen volunteers who did landscaping at Veterans Park recently, Polk County’s new Charters of Freedom is nearing completion.

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MEMORIAL BRICKS AVAILABLE FOR CHARTERS OF FREEDOM

Much like Veterans Park in Columbus, local residents will be able to dedicate a brick to loved ones who served at the new Charters of Freedom, currently being constructed. VIEW MORE


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Local residents can be a part of history Saturday and help ready the grounds for the Charters of Freedom currently being constructed at Veterans Park in Columbus.

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CHARTERS OF FREEDOM DEDICATED AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

The Blue Ridge Chapter Color Guard of the Sons of the American Revolution took part in a presentation for the Charters of Freedom Dedication at

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CHARTERS OF FREEDOM DEDICATION

Polk County and Columbus officials dedicated the Charters of Freedom on Tuesday in front of a large crowd.

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CHARTERS OF FREEDOM

Polk County is the official owner of the Charters of Freedom, dedicated in Veterans Park last week.

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HISTORY ON DISPLAY IN COLUMBUS

Polk County’s Charters of Freedom were dedicated on Tuesday afternoon at Veterans Park in Columbus with speakers, the Polk County High School band, the unveiling and a time capsule.

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COUNTY SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT FOR CHARTERS OF FREEDOM

Polk County’s gift of the Charters of Freedom is one step closer as the county has signed a letter of intent.

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CONSTRUCTION FOR CHARTERS OF FREEDOM BEGINS

Construction has begun to install the Charters of Freedom at Veterans Park in Columbus. The Town of Columbus Public Works Department prepared the site last week and foundations were dug on Tuesday of this week.

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CHARTERS OF FREEDOM PROGRESSING

The Charters of Freedom project was mentioned during two local government meetings in June.

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MAKING PROGRESS

Polk County should soon have replicas of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights for residents and visitors to view.

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SERVING OUR COUNTRY - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN

Polk County’s Charters of Freedom was dedicated in 2019 on Constitution Day, September 17, in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Gibson Street next to the House of Flags Museum in Columbus. These are full size replicas of the original Charters of Freedom on pe...

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SAMUEL ADAMS - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN

Polk County’s Charters of Freedom were dedicated last year on Constitution Day, September 17, 2019, in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Gibson Street next to the House of Flags Museum in Columbus.


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SAMUEL ADAMS - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN

Polk County’s Charters of Freedom were dedicated last year on Constitution Day, September 17, 2019, in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Gibson Street next to the House of Flags Museum in Columbus.

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TIME CAPSULE POSTPONED - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN

Area residents will have to wait a little longer to see the closing of a time capsule in Columbus that will not be open for another 67 years.


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TIME CAPSULE POSTPONED - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN

Area residents will have to wait a little longer to see the closing of a time capsule in Columbus that will not be open for another 67 years.

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POLK COUNTY CADETS HONOR THE POLK COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION In light of the recent pandemic, many people have come to realize some of the everyday things we take for granted. Things like time with family, friends and some simple pleasures are foremost in our minds these days.


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POLK COUNTY CADETS HONOR THE POLK COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

In light of the recent pandemic, many people have come to realize some of the everyday things we take for granted. Things like time with family, friends and some simple pleasures are foremost in our minds these days.

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CHARTERS OF FREEDOM TIME CAPSULE - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETINTRYONDAILYBULLETIN.COMCHARTERS OF FREEDOM TIME CAPSULE - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETINCOLUMBUS

Polk County will soon bury a time capsule that will not be open for another 67 years. Polk County will soon bury a time capsule that will not be open for another 67 years.

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APPEARANCE COMMISSION PRESENTS AWARDS - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETINTRYONDAILYBULLETIN.COMAPPEARANCE COMMISSION PRESENTS AWARDS - THE TRYON DAILY BULLETINCOLUMBUS

The Polk County Appearance Commission presented its annual beautification awards for 2019 this week. The awards are given to projects that beautify the county and can be seen by the public. The Polk County Appearance Commission presented its annual beautification awards for 2019 this week. The awards are given to projects that beautify the county and can be seen by the public.

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