“It is a forgotten victory, and their ultimate sacrifice should always be remembered.”
By Anna Kim
Atlanta marked the 67th anniversary of the Korean War on June 24th, 2017, honoring all Korean War veterans in Georgia.
The theme of the commemorative observance was focused on South Korea’s national security and the fading war’s lasting significance.
Seong-jin Kim, the South Korean Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, stated that, “The veterans present here for today, indeed, are genuine patriots, so I insist you should take a pride in yourselves. We take a bow to the souls of all the fallen heroes who dedicated their youth and died protecting their homeland hanging by a thread.”
The Korean Veterans Association Southern Regional Chapter USA (KVASRC) stressed the true meaning of the 6.25 Korean War, and they imparted how a thorough understanding of that war could promote patriotism and could enlighten people.
The attendees are keenly aware that nobody wants to experience the tragedy of a fratricidal war, like the Korean War, ever again.
Hui Woo Lee, president of the KVASRC, claimed that, “If we forget the lesson that the war taught, the threat of war will grow again. We ought to be committed to doing our part for our homeland, which was defended by the sacrifices of many, so that it could be passed on to our posterity.”
Over the three years of fighting in the war, there were 33,651 American soldiers who died in battle, and there were 3,262 other deaths in the war zone due to illness, accident, and other causes not related to battle. For the 6.25 Korean War, 8,176 American servicemen are still listed as missing in action, compared with the 2,459 who are listed as M.I.A for the Vietnam War. In addition, nearly 390 soldiers were listed as prisoners of war in Korea, and still some have not been accounted for. The bloody tragedy claimed 740 Georgian soldiers as well.
“We fought for freedom and freedom has its price, always has, always will, but soldiers never die,” said Gordon Sherman, new President of the Korean War Veterans Association, GA Chapter, “It was a difficult time and a time in which we lost a lot of our beloved ones. However, we are gathered together today to mark the commemorative observance of the Korean War. May God bless all of you and I hope we could keep maintaining a friendly relationship among us.”
According to Mr. Sherman, most of the chapter members are in their 80s-90s and some 40 of the total 90 are active members. The members get together every other month at a French restaurant, Petite Violette, downtown, and reflect on the Korean War.
Needless to say, the act of appreciation assuages Korean War veterans.
“The problem of Korean veterans was that they were not as vocal as the World War II guys or those who fought in Vietnam,” said Thomas Barto, who fought in Korea more than 60 years ago, “But our time has come, and our voice is being heard.”
Hui Woo Lee, president of the KVASRC, delivers a speech.
Seong-jin Kim, the South Korean Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, states that, “The veterans present here for today, indeed, are genuine patriots.”
The Korean War Veterans Association, GA Chapter.