VolleyReaders - OK, this is completely off topic for my blog, but I received the below email and thought I would do my part:
I am working with the 60TH Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee and wanted to see if this would be something you would write on to help honor those who served. I know this is not your usual topic, but if you or a reader had a family member who served during the Korean War a post would help to get the word out and encourage them to share their story.
The majority of veterans who served in the Korean War are now in their 80s. According to surveys, many school aged children have never heard of the Korean War. The opportunity is fleeting to thank these remaining heroes and their families who served and sacrificed 60 years ago in the "Forgotten War." If not now, when?
The committee is working to to keep alive the memory of those who have sacrificed in the service of our country. They are asking Korean War vets to contribute their experiences at http://www.koreanwar60.com/webform/share-your-story and let their stories serve as an inspiration for future generations.
On the site you can also request a DoD certificate of appreciation for a veteran or a family of a veteran and get updates on local events.I've included a release with more information on the Committee's efforts and on those who served below.
Even a short note, link, Tweet or Facebook post would be appreciated. Thanks for your time.
The majority of veterans who served in the Korean War are now in their 80s. The opportunity is fleeting to thank these remaining heroes and their families who served and sacrificed 60 years ago in the "Forgotten War." If not now, when?
Thirty-three thousand Americans lost their lives in the Korean War, another 100,000 were wounded and 7,000 remain missing in action. Surveys indicate that many school age American youth have never heard of the Korean War. This year, on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Armistice signing that ended the conflict, it is time to educate this young generation. If not now, when?
Last year, Congress named 2013 the "Year of the Korean Veteran," and the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Committee has planned "Heroes Remembered" on Saturday July 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. EST.
National leaders, veterans and patriotic citizens will attend the ceremony (broadcast live) at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. with a simultaneous ceremony taking place in Seoul. Both events will feature a special salute to Korean War Veterans, recognition of UN Allies, a ceremonial wreath laying and a symbolic silencing of the guns both in D.C. and Seoul.
The Korean War 60th Anniversary Commemoration Committee encourages everyone to attend the event or watch the televised ceremonies for "Heroes Remembered" on July 27, 2013. For more information on the event and broadcast schedule, please visitwww.koreanwar60.com/27july.