May 27, 2019
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, the Veteran Services Office was joined by nearly 100 members of the campus and community as they hosted the official groundbreaking ceremony for Veterans Park, being constucted on the UNC Charlotte campus adjacent to Memorial Hall.
The park was originally concieved of by Christopher Orr ’18 to recognize UNC Charlotte’s historical connections to veteran students and to honor all past, present and future veterans who would attend or work at the University. UNC Charlotte was founded in 1946 as the Charlotte Center in part to provide educational opportunities to veterans who returned from World War II.
Orr, an Army veteran who completed a bachelor’s degree in geology, worked with the Dean of Students Office and Facilities Management on the project. Together, they presented a proposal to Chancellor Philip L. Dubois who approved the project and site location in late fall 2017.
Veterans Park will be built adjacent to Memorial Hall (near the corner of Cameron Boulevard and University Road). Memorial Hall houses the University’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs.
Construction is scheduled to begin this summer with an anticipated completion during fall 2019 semester.
“I cannot wait for the opening of Veterans Park on campus. This park will not only serve as a monument to our veterans but as a monument to the history of UNC Charlotte and its founding principles to serve our student veterans as they enter the next mission of their lives.”
-Bill Wilson, UNC Charlotte Director of Veteran Services
UNC Charlotte Sophomore, Music Education
Major Performing the National Anthem
U.S. Army Veteran and UNC Charlotte Alumni,
Dr. Jerry Dahlberg