State to commemorate its veterans of Korean War

Apr 14 2013 - 9:32pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah veterans of the Korean War will be recognized this month at a special 60th Commemoration ceremony.

The Utah Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense and the Korean War 60th Commemoration Committee, will recognize veterans who served during the "Forgotten War" with a wreath laying ceremony and program.

The ceremony will be at 1 p.m. April 24 at the Korean War Monument in Memory Grove Park, Salt Lake City.

The public is invited to attend.

The DOD is making a concerted effort to recognize Korean War veterans by presenting each of them with a certificate honoring their dedication and sacrifice, said Jim Bedingfield, Utah Department of Veterans Affairs event coordinator.

Certificates will be handed out at the commemoration ceremony, with an even larger number being distributed through the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bedingfield said.

For veterans to receive a certificate, Veterans Affairs is collecting the names and information of Utah Korean War veterans to submit to the DOD, he said.

The Korean War has often been called "The Forgotten War" by modern historians because it occurred shortly after World War II, a popular war that was the country's largest war.

For information, call 801-326-2372.

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