The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce unveiled the Jack Bryan Memorial bench at the Korean War Veterans Memorial last Thursday. Members of Mint Hill’s NC Korean War Veteran’s Association, the Town of Mint Hill, and Bryan’s family were present for the dedication.
“Jack was a valuable volunteer to this community. He worked hard in several different organizations, and served the town well. We miss him and we’re glad he’s going to be honored here today,” said Mayor Ted Biggers.
Bryan was involved with the Lions Club, was a member of the Planning Board, a leader in the creation of the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce, the president of the chamber for many years, and he expanded the festivities of Mint Hill Madness. He was also influential in the creation of the Mint Hill Times.
In his dedication speech, chamber president Rich Ferretti said Bryan “was a patriot, a doer, someone that was involved, and an inspiration to all of us.”
“Semper Fi – Always Faithful – is the motto of the United States Marine Corps… and that sort-of sums up Jack Bryan,” said Ferretti.
Bryan was in the Marine Corps in the 1960s and later joined the reserves. He and his wife, Janey, moved to Mint Hill from Memphis, Tenn. in 1979. They were high school sweet hearts and married at 19. Both of their children grew up in Mint Hill and attended Independence High School.
“I think it’s wonderful because he loved Mint Hill,” said Bryan’s wife, Janey, about the memorial. “It’s something that will be there forever… I know he’d be proud.”