Korean War Memorial dedicated
Sept. 27 marked a very special date for the Korean Veterans of Utah. The First Korean War Memorial in Utah was dedicated in Cedar City with over 700 Korean Veterans and their families attending.
The Rotary Centennial Veterans park, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Cedar City with the Korean Memorial Chaired by Colonel Daniel S. Roberts has been working for over two years to bring this project to the Citizens of Iron County. Cedar City donated the grounds for the Park and all monies were raised through private donations and community fundraisers.
Among the guests were Deputy Counsul, Sung W. Shin of the San Francisco South Korean Consulate, Brigadier General and Mrs. Mike Leichty, Army Commander for the State of Utah, Rotary District Governor and Mrs. Tom Powell, Mayor Gerald R. Sherratt and State Senator Dennis Stowell.
The keynote address was by Major General James M. Miller, who also showed a moving film called the Story of the 213 Battle at KapYong, Korea. Captain Ron Lewis providing an overview of the government's ongoing quest to recover the over 8,100 soldiers who are still unaccounted for from the Korean War.
Guests were entertained by the Korean Seoul Choir of Las Vegas at the site with Sunny Lee providing a overview of her gratitude to the soldiers who helped free her country of communism. She stated "these soldiers have given she and her family the opportunity to live a wonderful life in a free society".
The Memorial was designed by architect Robert D. Mercer with a Sculpture of a Korean Soldier looking down in remembrance of his fallen comrade created by Jerime Hooley of Lehi.