June 21, 2013
Veterans of the Korean War are invited to attend a luncheon Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2591.
There will be a ceremony to recognize Korean War veterans commemorating the armistice that ended hostilities in 1953. The event will run from noon until 2 p.m.
VFW Adjutant Officer Gary Gill said the ceremony will be hosted by Latisha Koetting, and include a short service that centers on veterans in attendance and their service during the war. Specifically, the veterans will be able to give remembrance to fallen comrades during the ceremony.
“If any vet wants to remember a fallen brother that was killed in action in Korea, they’ll be invited to do so,” Gill said.
Gill talked about the more than 50,000 men killed, more than 100,000 wounded and more specifically the 8,177 soldiers still unaccounted for after the conflict.
“It’s been 60 years and we still have this many people unaccounted for,” he said. “We need the remains brought home so we can put them to rest.”
Koetting, who has developed a special relationship with area veterans through her reporting for the Democrat, sees events such as this as a way to try and get more veterans to talk about their experience and more actively involved with other veterans that share similar memories.
“For me, (events like this are) to make sure those vets know they’re not invisible and that their service means just as much,” Koetting said.
The event is open to the public. Gill said that veterans do not have to be members to be recognized.
Lunch is available for $5 and features brisket and pulled pork as entrees.
“Korea has been termed the ‘Forgotten War,’ but we will not forget our veterans that served. This is a way to recognize and honor them,” Gill said.