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Korean War monument is fine tribute

June 26, 2013

The Korean War, and the political undercurrents that accompanied it, too often are forgotten. In the 1950s, the Western world feared the “domino effect,” the idea that one nation after another would turn to communism.

In hindsight, this fear might have been overblown. Communism, for the most part, has died under its own weight.

But there was no way to know that 60 years ago when we feared the Korean peninsula would fall to the communists and then bleed throughout all of Southeast Asia and eventually the world.

And certainly the soldiers who served in the Korean War were no less heroic for their service to America and American ideals, no matter what geopolitical fortunes came to pass.

Washington County lost 32 soldiers between the years of 1950 and 1953, a stiff price for a small community. They and the other local soldiers who served were honored Sunday with a ceremony and a monument dedicated near the intersection of Mealey Parkway and Potomac Avenue.

We join with those who commemorated the bravery of our Korean War veterans, and we also thank those who made this monument possible. It’s been in the works for some time, and was made possible largely through private efforts.

Supporters were able to raise $100,000, mostly from private sources, and, along with being a memorial, the site will be educational, with tablets telling the story of the war, according to Les Bishop, commander of the Korean War Veterans Association Antietam Chapter 312.

The determination in achieving this memorial echoes the determination soldiers demonstrated in service to their country and in service to us. We appreciate this service and we also appreciate the effort to keep this war in the minds of the citizenry. Putting one’s life on the line for one’s country, no matter where and no matter why, is something that never should be forgotten.

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