Gov. Jay Nixon and Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer will be in Washington Saturday for the tribute to Korean War veterans.
The tribute will mark the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire in the Korean War and will begin at 10 a.m. at Krog Park, where the Korean War Memorial is located.
Fifth Street will be blocked off between MacArthur and Highway 47 for the duration of the program. The Washington Brass Band will provide patriotic music, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Parking will be available in the Mercy Doctors Building lot. People are advised to use the Third Street entrance to the parking lot. For people who need assistance from the lot to Fifth Street, golf carts will be available.
Efforts are beng made to use the park as much as possible for the program, since it is well shaded. “If it’s a hot day and sunny, that could be a problem for some of the veterans and other people so we will try to make use of the shade in the park,” Dave Anderson, commander of the Washington Chapter 324 of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), said. Anderson will be the master of ceremonies.
Frank Williams, state commander of the KWVA, and Jim Fountain, a national director of the KWVA, will attend. Williams will present the official charter of Chapter 324 to Anderson. Williams is from O’Fallon. Fountain is from Florissant and is a former resident of St. Clair.
Mayor Sandy Lucy will give the welcome.
Two natives of South Korea will attend, Suann Taylor, Union, and Han Ko, St. Louis. Both are on the program.
Allen Wiley and Lloyd Hardin, members of the local chapter of the KWVA, will announce the roll call of veterans who will receive a Korean War service medallion from the South Korean government. The veterans will stand in place when their names are announced and Boy Scouts will deliver the medallions after they are given to them by Mr. Ko, who is active with the Korean American Association in St. Louis and represents South Korea at events such as this one.
Veteran to Speak
Les Eckelkamp, a Korean War veteran, will speak, representing all veterans of that war.
Terry Sullentrup of the VFW will announce members of the military who were killed or died while serving in Korea.
There will be a dove release for peace by Dave and Cindy Stuckenschneider.
The rifle salute will be by the American Legion and VFW.
Miss Connie Jones will sing the national anthem at the beginning of the program and also will sing “God Bless America” near the end of the program.
The Rev. David Armstrong, First Christian Church, will give the invocation. Father Mike Boehm, Our Lady of Lourdes pastor, will give the benediction.
Taps will be sounded by Don Hahne, who also is the conductor of the Washington Brass Band.
Gov. Nixon and Congressman Luetkemeyer will pay tribute to the veterans when they speak.
The observance is being held on the exact date of the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire.
It was decided that the veterans to receive the medallions will stand where they are seated rather than for each to come forward and accept the medallions. This will save time.
There will be a special section of seating for the veterans of the local chapter who will receive the medallions.