By Michele Dotson  Dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Gift to veterans comes from Korean government with gratitude

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 8.56.46 PMThe town of Mint Hill has received hundreds of copies of a commemorative book chronicling the Korean War. “Korea Reborn-A Grateful Nation Honors War Veterans for 60 Years of Growth,” is a hardbound, color and black and white, commemorative book that is meant to go first and foremost to Korean War Veterans.

“We have been asked to be the gatekeepers of the book,” says Mint Hill town manager Brian Welch. “We want to make sure that these books get into the hands of the veterans.”

This 175-page books was published in cooperation with the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs for the Commemoration of the Korean War 60-year anniversary.

Through historical narrative, first-hand accounts, and stunning action photography, this book describes the struggle for a foreign land’s freedom, the assistance it received from 21 United Nations Allies, and ultimately, the birth of a democratic nation that sprung from the desolation of war.

This gift was produced to celebrate the three-year Korean War 60th Commemorative period, with 2013 decreed by the United States Congress as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran.”

Funding for the large-scale gift was provided by an alliance of South Korean public and private sectors led by the Ministry of Patriot and Veterans Affairs and the Federation of Korean

Industries.

Sixty years after the signing of the armistice agreement, Korea has become one of the most powerful countries in the world, with a strong economy and less than 3.5% unemployment.

In the book’s dedication, Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea, says, “The Republic of Korea, which was once dependent on international aid, is now well-positioned to contribute to others around the world.”

Veterans may pick up their free book at Mint Hill Town Hall located at 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. For further information, call (704) 545-9726.