Washington City Council members have approved a request to close a section of Fifth Street Monday, July 22, for a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire.
David Anderson, who is organizing the event, asked the council to close the street between Highway 47 and Hancock Street, in front of the Korean War Memorial in Krog Park.
In addition to closing the street, the council agreed to provide help in setting up a stage and chairs on the street for people to witness the event.
Anderson said there are 62 Korean War veterans in Washington and the area who have not received the Korean Ambassador Peace Medal and the plan is to present the medals to those veterans at the ceremony.
He said the cermony will begin at 10 a.m. and should conclude by noon or a little later.
“It shouldn’t take more than three hours to hand out the medals. There may be a guest speaker or two in there,” Anderson noted.
He said he has been in contact with the Korean consulate in Chicago and hopes to have a representative of the consulate attend the ceremony to present the medals.
“That would make it more meaningful,” Anderson told the council.
“It will be quite a celebration for us,” he remarked. “It will be unique.”
Anderson added that there is an effort under way to establish a Korean War Association for Washington.
“Thank you and to all the veterans,” remarked Mayor Sandy Lucy. “We will be looking forward to the anniversary celebration.”