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One of the most popular parks in Charlotte is located off of East Boulevard. Freedom Park was built as a living monument to the Mecklenburg soldiers who died in World War II. Completed in 1949, the dedication clearly states the intent of the city, "To all who served so fearlessly - and so gallantly gave the laughter from their hearts - that children might play in a happy world." Thousands of people visit the park each year to enjoy the many concerts and festivals, including Festival in the Park. On Easter Sunday, believers come together at the park for a traditional sunrise service.