Korean War Veterans Association progresses on memorial

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-11545400775494.jpg’, ‘Image provided’, ‘Korean War veterans, with the help of the Rockford Park District, erected a sign establishing the location of the forthcoming Korean War Memorial.’);

Chapter 272 of The Greater Rockford Area Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) with the assistance of the Rockford Park District staff, erected a sign July 27 establishing the location of the forthcoming Tri County Korean War Memorial.

As explained by KWVA representative Jack Philbrick, “The sign, provided by the Park District, will be placed on the approved construction site of the memorial on the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.” The Armistice was signed at 10 a.m. and took effect at 10 p.m., July 27, 1953.

The memorial will be in Anderson Peace Park on Riverside Boulevard in Loves Park, and is a cooperative development project between the Park District and Chapter 272.

Presently, funds are being solicited from the public and private businesses with the target of groundbreaking by the Fourth of July, 2007, and dedication around Veterans’ Day 2007. To date, Chapter 272 has raised $71,000 of the needed $129,000.

In total, Winnebago, Ogle and Boone counties lost 55 men during the three-year war. More than 2,000,000 people were killed from both sides of the conflict, and 22 nations banded together to stop the annexation of South Korea into Communist control. The United States provided the majority of the soldiers and had more than 36,900 killed. The remains of 8,000 Americans have never been accounted for.

From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue

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