By Andrew Stark
It had been 45 years since Capt. Glenn Richard Cook died serving his country while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His 0-2 Skymaster had gone down in the thick jungles of the Nihn Thuan Province in the Republic of Vietnam and despite mass searches, neither his plane nor his body were ever recovered.
When Cook’s sister, Jan Cook Bradley, and a group of her brother’s old friends and classmates got together at a recent event, the talk quickly turned to Cook and the group realized he’d never received a proper burial.
That set the tone for a special memorial ceremony, which was held May 31 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
As the date approached and Jan began preparing for travel to Mint Hill from her Florida home, she wondered out loud how many people would attend a memorial service for a fallen military hero 45 years after his death.
But as the May 31 ceremony got underway, both sides of the Sunset Memorial drive were packed with more than 250 attendees who came to give thanks to a fallen hero. […]