Don’t forget those killed in Korean War

I, along with millions of Americans, celebrated Independence Day July 4.

I hope all paused, reflected and gave thanks to our Creator for bestowing to us this great country. But freedom is not free.

I suggest readers research what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. All lost their fortunes, some were executed, families persecuted and destroyed, and more. They gave their all to provide us with the freedoms we enjoy today. So did the hundreds of thousands who have lost their lives in all of America’s wars since the Revolutionary War.

But I want to address the Korean War. It was first dubbed a “police action” by President Truman, then “the forgotten war,” I think in Life magazine.

And it was truly forgotten. Nothing much was written about it. It wasn’t taught in our schools. It was even forgotten by those who participated in it. But we must not forget the men and women killed in action (KIA) or held as prisoners of war (POW) in that “forgotten war.”

The S.C. General Assembly passed a resolution designating July 27 as Korean War Veterans Day. On July 27, 1953, the truce between North Korea and South Korea was signed. The war was extremely costly. In addition to the KIAs and POWs, 103,000 Americans were wounded and an untold number suffered cold weather injuries.

No, freedom is not free. These men and women stepped up when needed and now it’s decades past the time when we should have stepped up and done something that would have ensured that these men and women would not be forgotten any longer.

We didn’t but now we have an opportunity to rectify that oversight.

A Wall of Remembrance has been approved by Congress that will be located at the site of the Korean War Memorial in Washington. The Wall will have the names of these individuals engraved in it, ensuring their legacy.

The Foothills Chapter No. 301 Fund-Raising Committee is raising funds for 576 S.C. residents who lost their lives in the Korean War. Darlington County had eight. Darlington had six and Hartsville had two.

From now through July 27 (Truce Day), we will be making a push to raise the $83,000 needed to complete our goal. Please open your hearts and pocketbooks and donate to this most worthy cause. Texas Roadhouse has also agreed to have a Korean War night July 23 where we will share in the proceeds.

The cost is $350 per name. The goal for South Carolina’s 576 names is $200,000. We have raised $117,000 thus far.

Tax-deductible donations of any amount are appreciated. Make checks payable to: KWVA FOOTHILLS CHAPTER NO. 301. In the “FOR” area, write “WOR” or WALL OF REMEMBRANCE. Mail to: KWVA Foothills Chapter No. 301, Fundraising Committee, P.O. Box 6903, Greenville, SC 29606-6903.

Former Sen. Lewis Vaughn,

Author: Rachel Howell

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