Roosevelt's words, "A day that will live in infamy" held true in 1941. This is 2010 and remembering his words made June 25th a special day to Korean War Veterans. It was June 25th in 1950 that North Korea's communist army swept into South Korea. Under the United Nations American forces with 21 other nations raced into war to protect South Korea from the rapidly advancing communist forces.The rest is buried and almost forgotten by most Americans. The Korean War Veterans of Chapter 14, however never forgot. At a recent meeting past president Clarence Dadswell addressed the issue of June 25th and the start of the Korean War. Subsequently Clarence was named Chairman to promote the event at our memorial at Freedom Lake Park. There was little time for preperation but applying his past abilities to get things done, Clarence got it done big time. A good showing of Veterans and interested folks attended. Korean born and American Citizen/Veteran Eddie Koh was the guest speaker. Dignitaries from Bill Young's office and persons including Mayor Mischler of Pinellas Park filled out the balance of the program. The results are in the photos below given to us by Tim Caddell, the Government Relations Administrator of Pinellas Park. Thank you Tim!Below are the photos are some words by Joan Arcand!
And now for a few words from Secretary and a Past President of Chapter fourteen KWVA Joan Arcand:
Pinellas Park Mayor Mitsher welcomed the members and visitors.
The staff members of the Chapter were introduced.
Honor Guard Riflemen, posted the American Flag; the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Everett DeWitt, first Vice Pres., and Flo Gracia sang the National Anthem
Ted Sutherland, Chapter Chaplain gave the Invocation.
The POW flag was posted by former POW Don Denny and Chapter President Gene Stone posted the Chapter Flag. George Carter posted the United Nations flag while Past Pinellas Park mayor posted the City's flag.
The Reverend Kim, posted the Korean Flag.
The names of the deceased members of Chapter 14 was read by Joan Arcand and Clarence Dadswell rang a bell as a note of final farewell.
Shirley Miaoulis, representing C.W. Young read a proclamation for the day and presented a flag flown over the capital for the occasion.
Benediction was offered by the Reverend Kim and military honors were rendered by members of the Honor Guard and taps was played by member, Carl Hall.