Korean War Veterans Honored on Cease Fire Anniversary

On July 27, 1953, the final armistice of the Korean War was signed and the United States effectively ended their conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

This afternoon at the Veterans Serving Veterans Park north of Cadillac, a memorial ceremony was held to honor those who fought.

“We’re thankful people recognize a lot of effort was put into that,” says Korean War veteran Ken Andrews.

While the state’s largest veteran’s park is in progress of being built, Cadillac area veterans held a ceremony for Korean War veterans at their new memorial.

“We kind of wanted the veterans to be recognized because it’s kind of a forgotten war,” says Veterans Serving Veterans member Jerry Benson, “We wanted them recognized because they haven’t had that since they’ve been home.”

“At first we were just part of people that came back,” says Andrews, “There wasn’t any sort of recognition.”

Wedged between World War II and Vietnam, Korea is known as the “Forgotten War,” Friday marks the 65th Anniversary of the cease fire, but no actual peace treaty ever officially ended the war.

“You didn’t win the war like World War II, it was an armistice, a cease fire,” says Benson, “So it wasn’t something that was held high, it was a fight to a draw, some people felt.”

Right now on the memorial, there the 31 names of the known veterans from the local area but part of this program, and ones going forward, is to find out more. Many veterans from Korea went into hiding, were quiet, didn’t talk much about their service. Now they want them to come out so they can finally get the recognition they deserve.

“There are a lot of veterans here that we won’t even know are Korean War veterans,” says Benson.

These vets know there are more of them out there, they just have to be aware that they have allies here, looking to thank them.

“I would just like to see them come and be part of the organization and receive the camaraderie,” says Andrews.