The Mint Hill Historical Society will be setting up a display at the Mint Hill Library in celebration of Veterans Day as a salute to our local veterans who have served in previous wars and conflicts.
There will be artifacts from previous wars on display. This includes World War I and World War II. The military artifacts are all local from residents of our community. It will remind us of a time in Mint Hill history when our citizens kept watch for enemy aircraft flying overhead and children were taught to hide at the sound of air raid sirens will all be included in the display.
Veterans Day in the United States is a legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars, and Veterans Day this year occurs on Sunday November 11th. This date has historical significance in 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” This historical day has been commemorated in many nations as Armistice Day. In the United States through an Act approved on May 13, 1938 it became a federal holiday in our country. However, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of veteran service organizations amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans,” President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” in 1954. Therefore, Armistice Day became known as Veterans Day going forward until today.
Mint Hill has a wonderful history and our residents and visitors should stop by the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village to experience the preservation of local history. The Mint Hill Doctor’s Museum was the original restoration project. Visitor’s and groups can walk through the Ashcraft one room schoolhouse, the Ira V. Ferguson Country Store and the Gold Assay office where miners would bring in their ore to find out if they stuck gold and became rich. Other buildings in the village include the blacksmith shop, corn crib, Woodwright shop, mill and meat curing building reflect the rural nature of early Mint Hill. It’s a great opportunity to step back in history.
Upcoming events include the Veterans Day display at the Mint Hill Library, the Christmas Gift Shop opens on December 1st, and the Christmas Teas begin December 7,8,9 and 10. Please come and stop by the Mint Hill Historical Society and Village complex located at 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road, Mint HILL, NC 28227 or visit their website at www.minthillhistory.com for more information.