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Local Korean War veterans invited to dine with president of South Korea

South Korean Embassy recently invited 40 members of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association

April 25, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

A group of local Korean War veterans has been invited to have dinner with the president of South Korea on May 7 in Washington, D.C.

Les Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said the South Korean Embassy recently invited 40 members of the organization and some of their wives to dine with President Park Geun-hye at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

“I couldn’t tell you how proud I am and pleased that we received this invitation,” Bishop said.

Park will share a meal with the veterans the same day she meets with President Obama at the White House to discuss economic and security issues, The Associated Press has reported.

House Speaker John Boehner said earlier this week that he intends to invite Park to address a joint meeting of Congress on May 8.

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Park was elected as the first woman president of South Korea in December.

Bishop said the meeting between Park and the veterans is a way to celebrate the alliance between the United States and South Korea. He said this year is special because July 27 marks the 60th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the Korean War in 1953.

Bishop said the South Korean Embassy will send a bus to take 28 veterans and 12 of their wives from Hagerstown to the Smithsonian.

“They’re very thankful for our participation in the war and our continued support,” he said.

Bishop said he believed Chapter 312 was invited to the dinner because the organization is active in the community by offering college scholarships and activities to educate the public about Korea and the Korean War.

“This is kind of a reward for our activity,” Bishop said.

To learn more about Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, visit kwvaantietam312.org/index.html.

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