Charters of Freedom

Noblesville Unveils Charters of Freedom at Federal Hill Commons:

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hamilton County 3rd in Indiana to Receive Life-Size Replicas of Nation’s Founding Documents


Permanent installations of The Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution were unveiled to the public during a patriotic ceremony Saturday evening at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville. The life-size replicas of the nation’s founding documents were installed in Hamilton County through a partnership with educational nonprofit Foundation Forward.

“The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are at the heart of our democracy and should guide government,” said Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05), who served as the keynote speaker at the ceremony. “With this permanent installment of the Charters of Freedom in Noblesville at Federal Hill Commons, we have a constant reminder that we are secured by our freedoms and rights as citizens of the United States of America. Congratulations to the citizens and leaders of Noblesville for being chosen as one of only 26 communities in the country to have installments of these founding documents.”

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said the community can honor our history and teach future generations with the Charters of Freedom. He added that will provide the community with another visually-striking, patriotic tribute in downtown Noblesville to complement the Hamilton County War Memorial on the square and military monuments at Riverside and Crownland cemeteries.

“When Mayor Ditslear was approached about this project, he was immediately enthusiastic about it and quickly decided that the home for this great monument needed to be Federal Hill Commons,” said Parks Director Brandon Bennett. “It was the mayor’s and Vance and Mary Jo Patterson’s passion that lead us to celebrating our great country with this constant reminder of our freedoms bestowed upon us by our forefathers.”

Hamilton County is the third county in Indiana to have a Charters of Freedom and only the third in the nation to be illuminated. Foundation Forward was created by Vance and Mary Jo Patterson of Morganton, N.C. in 2013 following a visit to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The Pattersons now work to share the emotional experience of seeing the Charters of Freedom with others. Foundation Forward’s mission is to install the nation’s founding documents in easily accessible local locations across the country.

“I challenge you to bring your children, grandchildren, niece and nephew, or any family member to the setting and tell them about their freedoms and rights and how it gives them an advantage over the rest of the world to do what they want to do,” Vance Patterson said. “If you do that, as far as our part of the gift we’ll call it even.”

Legacy Pavers, which will be installed around the Charters of Freedom, are available for purchase in honor of loved ones, active duty military or veterans, first responders, families or organizations. The settings provide a magnificent, permanent centerpiece in communities to remember the country’s history. One hundred percent of these funds will be used to defray costs in Hamilton County so Foundation Forward can continue to reach more communities.

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About Foundation Forward, Inc.

Foundation Forward, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit which receives no government funding. For more information, visit or call 828-522-1400.

See WTHR – Channel 13 – coverage of this Charters of Freedom project – click here

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