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Korean War Memorials

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Lawrence
 


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Korean War Memorial on the University of Kansas Campus. ROTC cadets standing guard.


Overland Park
 


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The beautiful curved wall of the KWVA Memorial pictured nearby honors the fallen and missing warriors of the Korean War. Between the black marble benches and the memorial wall, privately-subscribed memorial paving stones, available through the Chapter, are set in the path to honor individual U.S. military veterans of all services and all eras.

The Memorial is located in the greater Kansas City area at 119th Street and Lowell in Overland Park, KS. It was dedicated last fall amid a gathering of well over one thousand people. The rock piles on the site were erected to represent Korea's battlefields. In time, a heroic bronze statue of a soldier mourning a fallen comrade will command the mound.

The thirty-eight steles at the entrance to the Memorial represent the 38th parallel, which still divides the Korean peninsula.

The Korean-American community of Kansas City has generously supported the building effort. Members wore traditional Korean finery to sing at the dedication ceremony.

General Richard B. Meyer (Ret), former chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, officiated at the dedication and delivered the eulogy. Along with Congressman Dennis Moore, he credited the many organizations and individuals who worked and donated to make the monument a reality: it is a fitting tribute to those who gave everything in our defense. The site is well worth a visit.

Don Dye - Lenexa, KS provided the picture and write-up.

[Above picture and write-up from May/Jun 2007 Graybeards, Page 35]
 

The pictures below provided by Tom Stevens, Secretary CID #181

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The front of the Memorial on 119th street in Overland Park, KS
Entering the Memorial in Overland Park, KS. The walk passes two mounds of stones and 38 pylons,

Topeka
 

Photos of the three tablets that make up the Korean War Memorial that we have built and dedicated here in Topeka, Kansas. The memorial commemorates the supreme sacrifice of 2l0 North East Kansas Korean war veterans who were KIA in the war. The memorial has been built in the southeast corner of Gage Park, here in Topeka, Ks. The large middle tablet lists all of the names of the men from the 25 counties of northeastern Kansas by county. The black marble tablet on the right is a detailed map of the entire Korean peninsula and the black marble tablet on the left bears the poem “Freedoms Flag”, that was written by Charles M. Province who is president and founder of the George S. Patton Historical Society.

The board of directors for the memorial are Chuck McAtee, president, E. Robert Owen, vice president, Robert Mayhew, secretary, Lowell Holland, Sgt-at-arms and myself, Kent Arnold, treasurer. McAtee, Holland and myself are front line veterans of the war and the other two members served their country during another era.

The memorial was dedicated July 27, 2003 the 50th anniversary of the cease fire in Korea, and the presentation was given by the board of directors. Kansas U.S. Senator Sam Brownback was the keynote speaker. Further assistance in the dedication was given by local service posts of VFW, American Legion, D.A.V. and American G.I. Forum. Junior R.O.T.C. from various area high schools also contributed to the dedication. Approximately 425 people attended.

(Thank you Kent Arnold for photos and letter.)

 


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[Originally published on pages 76 & 77 of the May/June 2004 issue of The Graybeards magazine.]


Wichita
 


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This memorial to Kansans who served in Korea war was dedicated in May, 2001. It is located in Veterans Memorial Park, which is located at Central Ave. and Greenway Blvd.

The Kansas Korean War Memorial Association raised funds for the construction of this memorial, which pays tribute to the heroic acts and sacrifices Kansans made in the war effort

 

 

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