Some of Rhode Island's Korean War Veterans were honored today at a
special ceremony in Chepachet. Over 45 Veterans from the Northern Rhode
Island Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 258 were honored for
their service and sacrifice at the Glocester Senior Center. Navy
Commander John O'Brien, a member of the Department of Defense 60th
Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, presented the
Veterans with certificates signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
and medals from the Republic of Korea.
"It is imperative that we honor our Korean War Veterans for the
contributions they made to ensure that freedom was preserved on the
Korean Peninsula," said Commander O'Brien. "People should never forget
that the Korean War was the beginning of the end of Communism and
without the sacrifices made by our Veterans and those who died in Korea,
Communism might have spread to other parts of Asia."
The program at the Glocester Senior Center included the reading of the
names of all of the service members from Rhode Island who lost their
lives in the Korean War during the month of September from 1950 through
1953. Richard St. Louis is the Commander of the Northern Rhode Island
Korean War Veterans Association.
"It is wonderful that the Department of Defense is acknowledging
Veterans in Rhode Island, particularly since the nation recently
commemorated the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the
Armistice on July 27 that ended fighting in Korea," said St. Louis.
"Even though we honored our Korean War Veterans today, everyone was
thinking about the victims of 9/11. That's why we opened the program
with a prayer to remember those who died on 9/11."
The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
Commemoration Committee, authorized in the 2011 Defense Authorization
Bill, is dedicated to thanking and honoring all the Veterans of the
Korean War, their families and especially those who lost loved ones in
that war. Through 2013, the Committee will honor the service and
sacrifice of Korean War Veterans, commemorate the key events of the war,
and educate Americans of all ages about the historical significance of
the Korean War. For more information, visit our website at www.koreanwar60.com
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Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration
David Thompson, 703-545-0011 (office)
Barbara Foelber, 703-545-0522 (office)