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Pentagon Officer Honors Korean War Veterans in Chepachet

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09/11/2013 | 02:49pm EDT

Veterans Receive Certificates and Medals at Special Ceremony

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 Keep connected with the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee via Facebook and Twitter, through videos at YouTube or with photos on Flickr.

Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee
David Thompson, 703-545-0011 (office)
301-785-7670 (cell)
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Barbara Foelber, 703-545-0522 (office)
703-973-4417 (cell)


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