The Korean American Association of Greater Cleveland gathered at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center to honor veterans of the Korean War. They were joined by the Federation of Midwest Korean-American Associations, the National Unification Advisory Council, the Republic of Korea in Chicago as well as the City of Cleveland Ohio.
The theme of the event was A Grateful Nation.
To our Korean War Veterans. In recognition of honorable service during the Korean War in defense of Democracy and Freedom. Through your selfless sacrifice, the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula was halted and liberty triumphed over tyranny. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the people of America and Korea are forever grateful.
The Korean War - A Brief History
The Korean War was a war between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in which the United States led a United Nation's force fighting for the South and China, assisted by USSR, fought for the North. It arose from the division of the Korean Peninsula after WWII and the global tensions of the Cold War that developed immediately after.
Twenty-one members of the United Nations backed the South, with the United States providing some 88 percent of the troops. The war also saw the first combat between jet aircraft - such as the F86 used by the United Nations and the MG-15 used by the Chinese - in warfare. By the time it stopped about 2 million Korean civilians, 1.5 communist forces, 400,000 South Korean troops, 1,000 U.K. troops and 36,000 American troops had lost their lives.
After a contentious back and forth diplomatic fight that had been ongoing for several years, combat began in earnest in June, 1950. The Korean War officially lasted from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.
Calvin M. Curry Sr, introduced a Color Guard from Horizon Science Academy who presented the Colors then led the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the US National Anthem.
Color Guard from Horizon Science Academy
Chaplain George Hankins gave the invocation and it was translated from English to Korean.
The Korean National Anthem was sung.
John F. Merkle, Deputy Director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, told of the sacrifice that veterans gave in the Korean War.
John F. Merkle
Pastor Grady Stevenson from Cleveland City Hall brought well wishes from Mayor Frank Jackson and Director Blaine Griffin.
Pastor Grady Stevenson
Mr. Sang-Il Kim, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, said that Korea has transformed itself from an aid-receiving country to an aid-giving country and will never forget the sacrifices and help of the United States.
Mr. Sang-Il Kim
Mrs. Ann S. Jhin, President of the National Unification Advisory Council, spoke next.
Mrs. Ann S. Jhin
After the speeches, the veterans were presented with the Ambassador for Peace Medal, a certificate and a new winter coat.
Ambassador for Peace Medal
Table of Medals
Veteran John Howard receiving his Medal
Enjoy these other photos from this recognition celebration from a grateful Nation.
Ann S. Jhin, Consul Sang-Il Kim and Jun-Hyeong Lee
Kiho Kwon, who worked in the lab at the VA for 33 years
Sam Kim and Hanna Woo - Korean-American Association
Buffalo Soldier Sgt. Clinkscales
Susan Cho Harris and Bobby Chung
Captain Price Smith and 1st Seargeant David Tackacs
Rev. Jae Rhee, Susan Cho Harris and Misun Pak
Sam Kim, GilYoung Kim and Diana Browning
Paul and Halcyone Glenn
Chaplain George Hankins, Vanessa Holmes,
Sam Kim, Calvin Curry and GilYoung Kim
Diana Browning accepts medal for her late father
Awarding Korean War Veterans
Korean War Veterans
Cakes for Korean War veterans
Thank you veterans
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