Seniors enjoy annual Christmas lunch

By Michele Dotson  dotson.michele@minthilltimescom

Screen Shot 2013-12-13 at 11.08.52 PMAt 8:30 am on Saturday, December 7, about 50 volunteers converged on Independence High School to prepare for the annual senior citizen Christmas lunch.

In just under two hours, 600 gift bags were prepared, 600 places were set for lunch, tables were decorated, food brought in, drinks prepared and prizes displayed.

Just before the opening remarks by emcee meteorologist Larry Sprinkle, organizer Mike Cochrane pulled some young volunteers aside for a little pep talk.

“Thank you all for coming out today,” says Cochrane. “There’s nothing better than giving of yourselves, your time and effort.” Continue reading

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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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Korean War Veterans Memorial dedication set for late fall

[simple_slideshow] The dedication ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial has been postponed.  Originally set for July 27 in honor of the 1953 armistice, the ceremony will be some time in November.  A final date has not yet been set; organizers are trying to plan around Veterans Day events.

Some festivities will take place as scheduled for July 27.  A Korean children’s choir is set to perform, and colonels from South Korea and the mayor will be present.

The center fountain is near completion.  The water tank is being manufactured to recycle its water and fit in the fountain.

“It’s a work of art, believe me,” said Don Putnum of the Korean War Veterans Association.

They continue to raise funds for the project, which costs $150,000.  Two-thirds of that cost is a loan, leaving the other $50,000 to cover granite, plumbing, electrical work, and brickwork.  The main setback is the granite for the flooring.

“We’ve come a long way,” said Putnum.  Professionals he talked to in the field are surprised at how quickly they have managed to turn their plans of a memorial into a reality.  “It should take 10-12 years to do what we did in six.”

The memorial broke ground June 2010.  Since then, granite blocks for the main sign and dedicated pavers have been engraved, brick walls have been built, and pillars and statues have been erected.

This work honors the 789 North Carolinians who were killed or missing in action during the Korean War.  The memorial 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 KVWM will be the Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas.  It will showcase the five branches of the United States military: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.  The museum will cover 250 years of military history through artifacts and interactive learning, an much of the history will focus on the Carolinas.

Like the KVWM, AFMAC is selling granite pavers to honor a veteran or a member of the armed forces, and to support the museum.  Pavers range in size, and prices start at $200.  The museum is expected to break ground in 2014.

Photos by Amanda Waters.

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Chamber preview & unveiling of Jack Bryan Memorial Bench

On May 3 – 11 am to 1 pm – NC Korean War Memorial at Mint Hill Park on Hwy 218.
The Mint Hill Chamber will unveil the Jack Bryan Memorial Bench to honor former MHCC President , Madness Committee Chair
and active civic leader. FREE BBQ  provided by the NC Korean War Memorial organization to thank local businesses for their support of this monument.RSVP REQUIRED by calling or emailing the chamber office 704-573-8282 or sandyminthillmad@yahoo.com.

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Pillars erected at KWV Memorial

 

 

Pillars were erected last Wednesday and Thursday at the NC Korean War Veterans Memorial at Mint Hill Park on Fairview.  The pillars are engraved with 789 names, each one a North Carolinian soldier missing in action from those three years of war.
The next phases of construction include installing a fountain in the center representing the taegeuk of South Korea’s flag, laying granite pavers, positioning four granite benches around the fountain, and planting encircling cherry trees.

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