Host your next military reunion in Charlotte. Not only do we have affordable accommodations, but our city offers a lasting testimony to those that meet here.
Mark Syrkin Monument of Valor
Major Mark Syrkin, a native of Ohio, but a long time resident of Charlotte, was a decorated World War II veteran and retired Marine Corp Fighter Pilot. In his retirement, Major Syrkin worked part time as a visitor information specialist at the Visitor Info Center, Charlotte’s official visitor information center.
In 1992, as he planned his own unit’s military reunion to be hosted in Charlotte, Mark realized that he wanted to create a program that would honor living veterans of any United States war or military conflict and to make Charlotte the military reunion capital of the United States. To accomplish that, he initiated the Monument of Valor project.
Mark worked hard to convince city leaders to provide a place for the monument. Further, he personally raised $25,000 to build and maintain the monument. Major Syrkin’s dream was realized with the dedication of the monument in 1998. Each reunion that meets in Charlotte is provided a bronze plaque to commemorate these veterans’ service to our country. A local company, Colonial Iron Works, provides complimentary installation of the plaques. Shortly after Major Syrkin passed away in 2000, the monument was re-named for him.
Originally located in Marshall Park, the monument has been moved temporarily to the plaza of the Charlotte Convention Center at 500 South College Street. It will be permanently relocated to the new urban park currently being built in Charlotte's Third Ward.
Although Major Syrkin died in March 2000, his dream lives on with each dedication and military reunion.