SALT LAKE CITY — One woman’s efforts to commemorate the military service of thousands of veterans of the ‘Forgotten War’ is sparking interest from Utah leaders who are also eager to recognize their sacrifice for duty to peace and country.
Two years ago, Hannah Kim, 35, launched an endeavor to raise awareness of the men and women who served in the Korean War more than 60 years ago. After lobbying Congress to pass the Wall of Remembrance Act in 2016, she came up with the idea to take her notion to every state in the union.
From April 27 to July 27, Kim has embarked on a three-month journey to visit Korean War memorials in all 50 states to meet and acknowledge Korean War veterans, along with reminding the public about the grave cost of war.
“Many of the Korean War veterans came back and nobody asked them where they were?” she said. “They didn’t get the ‘hero’s welcome’ others got after World War II.”
The goal of this journey is to raise awareness and money to help build the Wall of Remembrance at the National Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The monument would honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and remind people that “freedom is not free,” Kim said.
The goal is for the wall to be built as soon as possible so that as many Korean War Veterans can attend the dedication ceremony, according to her website Remember727.org.
“I want all of America to remember,” she said. “The Korean War really did stop the spread of communism.”
Utah was the ninth state on her itinerary. Joined Wednesday by Utah veterans and military advocates, she participated in a ceremony at the Korean War Memorial in Memory Grove Park in Salt Lake City.
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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News