(From May 10. 2012)
The Korean War has been termed "The Forgotten War" or "The Unknown War," but an area American Legion post last weekend held an event with the intent to ensure the Americans who fought in the conflict are not forgotten and that their sacrifices are not unknown.
The war between the communist, China-supported Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the capitalist, U.S.-supported Republic of Korea took place from 1950 to 1953. By the time the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953, the conflict had claimed an estimated 2 million lives, many of them civilians.
To celebrate the bravery of surviving Korean War vets, the Marrs- Meyer American Legion Post 991, 10001 Depot Ave. in Worth, and its Women's Auxiliary last Sunday held its first-ever Korean War Veterans Recognition Luncheon. The event was inspired by a luncheon the Post held eight years ago this month to recognize World War II veterans and honor the dedication of the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.
Post 991 Women's Auxiliary President Loretta Boswell called Sunday's luncheon the "highlight of my presidency of the Auxiliary." Boswell and the event's planning committee worked for months to make the day of recognition special for the 37 veterans who attended. The program began with a welcome by Boswell, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America. An invocation was led by the Rev. Wayne A. Basch, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard., and the keynote speaker for the evening was Korean War Navy veteran Frank Deglomine.
Deglomine- and active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Korean Veteran Association who served in the Navy from 1952 to 1955 - addressed the veterans and their 63 guests in an eloquent and moving speech in which he emphasized how nefarious war is. He reflected upon the price paid in human lives to protect freedom and choice for the Korean people, and pointed to how devastating the war was. He also lauded the veterans for having volunteered because it was "the right thing to do," not for personal conquest or for gain.
Deglomine followed his speech by showing a DVD presentation from the South Korean consulate, in which Korean citizens expressed their gratitude to the American people for their help. The luncheon concluded with the presentation of pins and certificates of recognition to each veteran.
Veterans were moved by the show of recognition, and everyone involved in executing the luncheon expressed their thanks and continued dedication to the United States military. Deglomine expressed the need for continued public support to all veterans, past and present, who gave much and have received little as they continue to serve the country. Continued public support was also encouraged by Boswell and her husband, Bob, a financial officer of Post 991.