Making a memorial

Granite benches, pillars installed at Korean War memorial

Kara Lopp/MMHW photo

The under-construction North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial in Mint Hill marched forward this week with the placement of granite benches and pillars.

The memorial, at Mint Hill’s Park on Fairview, 8850 Fairview Road, will include a fountain, engraved granite pavers, cherry trees and 1,000-pound granite benches around the perimeter and under a nearby tree. Three of the 14 benches sold, at $2,000 each, were placed Wednesday, April 4 – with the help of a crane – under a shade tree where they’ll be glued in place.

Workers from Georgia-based Lexington Blue Granite delicately used a crane to move four about 7,500-pound granite pillars into place. The triangular pieces display the names of North Carolina residents who were killed during the Korean War or remain missing.

Organizers still need to raise about $100,000 for the memorial and brick pavers and one bench are for sale.

To donate or order a memorial brick or bench engraved with a personal message, call Don Putnam at 704-496-4709 or visit

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