Korean War Veterans from across the state were honored at receptions planned by the Korean American Federation of Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.
July 2019 was the 66th anniversary of the cease fire between North and South Koreas. Called the forgotten war and never acknowledged as a war, it was the first “Police Action” by the United Nations. The United States provided 90 percent of the soldiers and nearly 37,000 never came home, according to a news release.
At the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the General T.J. Churchill Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), with the United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) provided and served nearly 50 dozen gourmet cookies and punch to the 300 people in attendance. The groups also providedfor the reception at the ceremony at Hot Springs.
The guest speaker was U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., who addressed the 12 Korean War Veterans present.
He said the common factor was that a lot of ordinary people were willing to step forward to serve their country and do extraordinary things.
“So, thank you very, very much from the bottom of our hearts,” he said.
Korean Consul General Hyung Gil Kim presented the veterans with the Korean Medal of Peace and the book “Korea Reborn: A Grateful National” at the ceremony.
The book, published by the Republic of Korea, the U.S. and Kia Motors, is dedicated to U.S. Veterans of the Korean War and their families. In it is the statement, “A reborn Korea is one that has risen from the rubble of war to be an economic world leader and a prized example of how freedom works. This is a story of a war remembered,” according to the news release.