2011-03-11 / Local News

Korean War veterans to be honored

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

About 150 Korean War veterans will be honored as part of an ongoing campaign to recognize local military personnel involved in war-time service.

American Legion Post 109 will recognize Korean War veterans during its annual Veterans Appreciation Day. The ceremony will be held April 23 at 9 a.m. at Irene Park.

Certificates and the gold Korean War Coin will be presented to servicemen from all military branches involved who fought or provided support to troops in the Korean War, Cherokee County Veterans Affairs Officer Todd Humphries said.

“If you were a Korean War veteran and served in Korea from June 25, 1950, to June 27, 1953, when the Armistice was signed, you need to plan to attend the Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation Day,” Humphries said.

Over the next few years, American Legion Post 109 plans to recognize local military veterans who were involved in the Korean War and other major wars, Humphries said. The veterans organization honored World War II servicemen last year and will honor Vietnam War veterans in 2012. Cherokee County military personnel involved in the Persian Gulf War and the global war on terrorism will be honored in future years.

Efforts continue to raise enough money to engrave the more than 10,000 names of county veterans on monuments at the Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation Park. It will cost an estimated 60 cents per letter to engrave the names.

The park was officially dedicated following the county’s annual Veterans Day parade. The park is located on the site of the former Gaffney Fire Department substation on Montgomery Street.

The centerpiece of the veterans park will be more than 30 granite walls on which park planners intend to engrave the name of every honorably discharged veteran from Cherokee County. The stone walls of these monuments already have been purchased.

“We are making progress,” Humphries said. “We hope to have the walls in place with most of the names engraved by November.”

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