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Korean War veterans to be honored Thursday

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By The Staff

Although the Korean conflict took place thousands of miles away, an estimated 55,000 Kentuckians responded to the global military challenge against communism. More than 50 years later, the service of those brave soldiers will be recognized.

According to State Rep. Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville, on Thursday at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will host a ceremony to honor the Commonwealth's Korean War Veterans beginning at 2 p.m.

Major General (retired) Choi Sueng-Woo of the Republic of Korea Army will present a medallion and certificate of appreciation to Korean War era veterans who served in the military between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953.

"This ceremony is an important reminder of this conflict that has come to be known as 'The Forgotten War,' Mobley said. "We should never fail to remember the Korean conflict as it would be a great disservice to those who paid the heavy price of fighting in this conflict."

For more information about Korean War Veterans Medallion Ceremony, visit the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Web site at veterans.ky.gov or contact Pamela Cypert at (800) 572-6245.