South Charlotte

Korean Memorial taking shape in Mint Hill

The North Carolina Korean War Memorial is taking shape in Mint Hill Park on Fairview.

Organizers have raised about $385,000 in cash, labor and material donations; they still need about $125,000 to complete the project, which is still under construction.

From 1-4 p.m. May 15, the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Chapter 265 will host a Korean Community Appreciation Day at the memorial, at 8850 Fairview Road.

The purpose of the gathering is to recognize the support of the Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh Korean communities for the project.

When finished, the memorial will feature a fountain replicating the Republic of Korea flag surrounded by four 11-foot-tall black granite pylons bearing the names of the 789 men from North Carolina killed or missing in action from the 1950-53 active war in Korea.

The fountain and pylons will be surrounded by a 188-foot-long double-wall planter, granite benches and native Korean Rose of Sharon trees.

Granite pavers, ranging in price from $200-$1,000, are still available to honor or memorialize a veteran of any war. The pavers will be installed at the memorial.

To order a paver, call Capt. Don Putnam at 704-496-4709 or Col. Billy Reid at 704-392-4981 or 704-365-1044, or email Reid at