The organizers of the new North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial in Mint Hill held a Korean Appreciation Day at the Park on Fairview Sunday. More than 300 tuned out for the event which was an appreciation for the Korean communities in Charlotte and the South for helping to finance the new memorial. Don Putnam, president of the Korean War veterans association chapter which spearheaded the effort to build the memorial, received at check for $56,244 from the Consul General of The Republic of Korean based in Atlanta, GA on behalf of the Republic of Korea government.
The crowd heard speeches from Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers, North Carolina Representative Bill Brawley, Putnam and Bill Reid of the NCKWVA. Speeches were also made by several prominent Koreans from the Southeast including Hae Jin Chun, Consul General of The Republic of Korea; Sang Kun Park, President of Korean Associations, Southeast; and Jin Chul Yu of The Federation of Korean Associations, U.S.
“I am Korean by birth,” Yu told the audience, “but I am also a flag waving American.”
Attendees enjoyed a Korean traditional dancing, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Korean cuisine, and hot dogs. Korean American women, dressed in traditional clothes, laid a wreath at the memorial.