Ceremony to honor Korean War veterans

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A medal ceremony is planned Saturday to honor Clark County veterans who served in the Korean War.

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Community Park, at Northeast Ninth Street, west of 136th Avenue.

The event is part of the annual observance of Korean Independence Day and Korean-American Union Day.

This year’s event has added significance, said B.J. Ji, chairman of the Korean Society of Vancouver.

“The Vancouver Korean War Memorial Committee will be honoring and rewarding the Korean War veterans living in our community, with the medal of honor awarded by the Korean government,” Ji said.

“This will be a very memorable day in gathering and honoring those who fought for our country.”

Young Wan Song, consul general of the Republic of South Korea, based in Seattle, will award local veterans the Korean War medal of honor, Ji said.

Ji said the organizers expect about 120 Korean War veterans to participate.

“With a population of over 49 million, South Korea is now the 11th largest economy in the world. This success as a nation could not have occurred without the help and sacrifice of the men and women in service,” Ji said.

Vancouver’s Community Military Appreciation Committee is participating in the event.