Veteran’s Plaza at The Burlington Arboretum

Thank you for your interest in Veteran’s Plaza, at The Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park.

On this site, 90 years ago, the former American Legion Post was built, and New Leaf Society wishes to honor the military service of local veterans — past, present, and future — through this public space. Through your contribution, you are helping this memorial take shape.

New Leaf Society will be installing sandblasted bricks in the Plaza as a tribute to our veterans. Bricks can be purchased by clicking on the link below. You may download and mail or email your completed order form. More information on submitting your order form and payment instructions can be found on the order form. Thank you for your support!

Brick Purchase Notice

New Leaf Society implemented the sale of bricks to honor our local veterans and maintain the Veteran’s Overlook located at the Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park.

Our brick engraving options are limited to one retailer, who, like many others, is very short-staffed. However, they are committed to our project and do a beautiful job with the engraving. They request groups of 25 bricks at a time to set the job. Please be mindful that it can take several weeks to collect 25 orders. Once bricks have been delivered, it can take 4-6 weeks to complete the engraving and final installation.

We know this timeline is not ideal, but the final products have been well received. Rest assured that we will notify you by email or phone once your brick has been installed.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Veteran’s Plaza Info

In 2017 New Leaf Society purchased the American Legion building on the corner of West Willowbrook Dr. and South Church St. to serve as the entrance to the new Burlington Arboretum. The arboretum project is a partnership with the City of Burlington and New Leaf Society.

In efforts to retain the history of the former American Legion Post that occupied this site since 1931,  a committee of local veterans was charged with assisting in the design of this space to be a suitable tribute to veterans. The group determined that this project would not be a memorial to the fallen or for past wars. Instead, it would be designed as a tribute to honor and recognize all military service, past present, and future.

Randal Romie, Landscape Architect, worked with the committee to create a design that is uplifting and one that would serve as the entrance to and a focal point for the arboretum. It is built on the highest elevation in the park. Ed Walker, CEO of Carolina Bronze Sculpture and a Burlington native, was commissioned as the sculptor to design a sculpture that would instill a sense of pride among veterans and the public. As a result, the bronze sculpture stands 7 ½ feet tall with an American eagle in full flight, lifting an American flag, and has a wingspan of 7’. It stands on an 88” foot hexagon base that has a bronze seal representing each of the five major military branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

 

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (888-830-4989). The license is not an endorsement by the State.
New Leaf Society, PO Box 4083, Burlington, NC 27215-0901 • Tax ID 26-1560297