Woman to visit Korean War memorials in all 50 states
The Korean War is sometimes referred to as the "Forgotten War," but one woman is visiting all 50 states to help people remember.
Hannah Y Kim refers to every Korean War veteran she meets as her grandpa. She says it doesn't take blood relation to appreciate what they've done for her.
“I call all of you my grandpas because if you didn't fight in Korea almost 70 years ago, I wouldn't be standing here,” she said while visiting the Korean War veteran memorial at Delaney Park in Anchorage.
The memorial lists 10 Alaskans killed in the three-year fight between communism and capitalism.
“We gave them the freedom that every person is entitled to,” Korean War veteran Berkeley Ide said.
At each memorial she visits, Kim lays a wreath to honor the lives lost and pins a heart on survivors.
Alaska National Guard Major General Laurie Hummel, whose father was also a Korean War veteran, says Kim is helping the public remember the sacrifice of the Korean people and American Korean War Veterans.
“Efforts like this are so important because the Korean War truly is the forgotten war. WWI and WWII were both known as the wars to end all wars, the Vietnam War we remember because it has been so troubling for our culture and our society, but the Korean War was a short one, it was very intense and it kind of slipped by in the American memory,” Hummel said.
The goal of Kim’s journey is not only to thank veterans and promote peace but also to raise awareness and funds to build a wall of remembrance at the National Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C.
Although the Wall of Remembrance Act was passed by Congress in 2016, Kim says plans to build the wall have languished due to a lack of initial funds.
“It will take people who want to see this for generations to come and remember the sacrifices that were made for my freedom, for our freedom, for our country, for the world,” Kim said.
Nearly 40,000 Americans were killed in the Korean War.
Kim says each of them deserves to be remembered.
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