Korean Children’s Choir performs at KWVM

The Korean Children’s Choir traveled from South Korea to tour North America, and stopped in Mint Hill to honor the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the anniversary of the Korean War armistice. Photo by Amanda Waters

The Korean Children’s Choir performed at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on Fairview Road last Friday.  The choir is touring the United States and Canada, and stopped in Mint Hill July 27, the anniversary of the 1953 armistice.

“As you know the armistice was signed 59 years ago, and I trust there would be no more war in my country or your country – that there may be a sustaining peace…I pray that this nation and the state of North Carolina will continue to enjoy the peace,” said a South Korean representative introducing the choir.

The children sang the National Anthem, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and God Bless America.

Numerous people attended the event, including veterans and their families, as well as members of the South Korean military.  Many toured the memorial after the performance.

The memorial broke ground June 2010, and is built to “ensure that the soldier’s sacrifice will always be remembered,” and to commemorate what is called the “forgotten war.”

Adjacent to the KWVM will be the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas.  It will showcase the five branches of the United States military.  The museum is expected to break ground in 2014.

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MHPD announces plans for National Night Out

The Mint Hill Police Department announced its annual National Night Out to take place Tuesday, August 7.  The event “will involve over 14,625 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world” to raise awareness about crime and drug prevention.  The event also intends to get the community involved in the fight against crime.

Residents are invited to join the police department at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road from 5-7 pm.

The press release reads, “There will be police demonstrations, crime prevention information, safety tips, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, and officers on hand to listen to any concerns that you may have.”

Fun activities are planned, too, including a dunking booth and kids games.  Chick-fil-A, Big Guy’s Pizza, Edy’s Ice Cream, and Sam’s Club of Matthews will provide free hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, snow cones, and ice cream.

“Once the event has concluded, residents will be asked to return to their neighborhoods and get out and meet your neighbors. Additional officers will be patrolling the neighborhoods this evening in an attempt to meet neighborhood leaders and gather any information that can be useful in responding to specific neighborhood concerns.”

For more information about National Night Out, contact the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.

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Paws to Read

The Mint Hill Library is hosting their Paws to Read program August 11 and 25. The program invites children ages three to 11 to read aloud to a volunteer therapy dog. Register at the library or online, or contact Jackie Hooker at 704-416-5200 for more information.

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Kilahpalooza

Forty Rod will host Kilahpalooza August 12, 1-10 pm to raise funds for three-year-old Kilah Davenport, a victim of extreme violence. Money raised will be used to renovate the Davenport house for Kilah’s needs.

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