A number of local veterans were honored Saturday for their service in Korea more than 65 years ago.
During Rep. Karen Boback’s annual Veterans appreciation event at Misericordia University, she gave out around two dozen Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals, which she said was an expression of appreciation from the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Eligible veterans must have served between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, or have participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.
It was all a part of a program to honor military service on behalf of the United States.
The event opened with a breakfast and proceeded to the Lemmond Theater where Boback honored fifth grade Veterans Contest Winners. It was followed by a ‘Missing Man at the Table’ presentation by local Boy Scouts to signify those who have not returned home while in the service of one’s country.
James Antall gave a moving rendition of ‘Taps’ followed by presentation of the Peace Medals and commemorative pins honoring all military service.
The program closed with a rowsing rendition of ‘God Bless America.’
Rep. Boback said, “It is because of our veterans that America remains the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
For a story about two of the medalists, see page 7.