MINT HILL – The Korean War Memorial is complete, just in time for Veterans Day.
The town will host a Veterans Day event at Mint Hill Veterans Park, previously named the Park on Fairview, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, to unveil the new memorial. The event will follow the annual Veterans Day Breakfast, which will take place at 8 a.m. The event at the park is open to the public, but the breakfast is by invitation only.
Mint Hill leaders paid $70,000 out of the town’s tourism fund to complete the memorial, which has been under construction for many years, this past July in hopes of the memorial being complete in time for Veterans Day. The town also donated the land at the park where the Korean War Memorial is located and another $43,000 to get construction rolling.
“It’s an honor to have that memorial in our town …” Mayor Ted Biggers said at a board meeting in July.
The memorial includes two statues of soldiers, a fountain representing the center element of the Korean national flag, a walkway of granite pavers honoring service members from all wars, granite benches and four pillars honoring the 789 soldiers from North Carolina who were killed or went missing in action during the war.
Mint Hill Veterans Park is located at 8850 Fairview Road.