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Korean War Veterans Chapter 312 holds get-together at Funkstown Legion

Keynote speaker talks about Korean War anniversary celebration

March 25, 2012
  • Col. David L. Clark, who heads the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Committee for the Department of Defense, was the keynote speaker as Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312 hosted a get-together of Korean War veterans from Maryland and Virginia March 7 at Dixon-Troxell Post 211 American Legion in Funkstown.
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Korean War Veterans Antietam Chapter 312 hosted a get-together of Korean War veterans from Maryland and Virginia March 7 at Dixon-Troxell Post 211 American Legion in Funkstown.

More than 80 veterans from six chapters, as well as some local veterans who were not affiliated with a Korean War veterans chapter, attended the event.

The veterans met for lunch and socialized until the featured speaker from the Pentagon arrived. Memories were shared and stories of their experiences were told.

The featured speaker was Col. David L. Clark, who heads the 60th Anniversary Commemorative Committee for the Department of Defense.

Clark talked about the status of the 2012 plans to commemorate the July 27 anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

As it presently stands, the ceremony will be held in the amphitheater at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va., on Friday, July 27, at 9 a.m.

The ceremony’s keynote speakers will be Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the new South Korean Ambassador, who will be arriving in the United States within the next few months.

The program is a prelude to the 60th-anniversary ceremony, which will be held in 2013.

Clark was accompanied by Navy Cmdr. John O’Brien, also from the commemorative planning committee. The officers mingled with the veterans to hear stories, accept suggestions for future events and to explain other activities associated with the 60th anniversary.

Following Clark’s presentation, retired Col. Bill Weber from the Frederick, Md., chapter, spoke to the group about plans to build a new wall at the Korean War Memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C. The new wall will acknowledge and honor the more than 34,000 Americans killed in the Korean War, as well as the South Koreans attached to the U.S. forces in Korea. Weber is hoping the new wall will be in place by the 2013 anniversary ceremony.

There was one presentation from the Frederick chapter that pleased members of Antietam Chapter 312 — a donation for the new Korean War memorial that the Hagerstown chapter is planning in honor of Washington County Korean War veterans.

For more information about the chapter, call Les Bishop, vice commander, at 240-420-3755 or go to www.kwvaantietam312.org.

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