UNION — Local veterans of the Korean War will be the special guests of this year’s Union American Legion Post 22’s annual Veterans Day dinner.
Post Public Relations Director Ed Burwell announced that the dinner will be on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Lodge in Foster Park.
Burwell said that because this year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, there will be a special emphasis on veterans of that war at Monday’s dinner. He said that Post 22 will be honoring all Union County Korean War veterans at the dinner and has invited them and their spouses to attend.
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when when North Korea invaded South Korea. Two days later on June 27, 1950, the United Nations adopted a resolution recommending that its members provide South Korea with assistance to repel the North Korean attack. The United States of America and 20 other nations responded by providing troops and other military assistance to South Korea.
In the three years that followed, the United States provided nearly 90 percent of the 341,000 soldiers that fought in the war. Of those Americans who fought in the war, more the 33,000 were killed and another 7,900 are listed as missing in action.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the armistice — signed on July 27, 1953 by the United Nations Command, supported by the United States, the North Korean People’s Army, and the Chinese People’s Volunteers — that ended the fighting though not the war itself. Sixty years after the fighting came to an end, there is still no peace treaty formally ending the war, leaving it as the last unresolved conflict of the Cold War.
While the war has not formally ended, those Americans who fought in it are being honored this year both nationally and locally for their service and sacrifice. At the local level, this includes Monday’s Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in which 40 Korean War veterans will be recognized and presented with special honors issued by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, and the Veterans Day Parade Committee.
That local recognition includes the Legion Post 22’s Veterans Day dinner which Burwell said will feature the traditional Legion barbecue and hash. He said special entertainment to go with the meal will include Cindy Fore singing the Star Spangled Banner, and the Union County High School Chorus and Band will perform a Patriotic Medley. Dr. Allan Charles will be the main speaker. Also, there will be a ceremony: Honoring Those Who Have Gone Home. At the beginning and end of the program will be the JROTC Color Guard, presenting and dismissing the colors.
For those who would have difficulty climbing the hill to the Lodge, Burwell said a golf cart will again be provided.
Burwell added that Post 22 members are also requested to please check and make sure their memberships are up-to-date before attending the dinner.