Susan Kee, a historian and tireless advocate of Korean War veterans, sent a moving email the other day with a 6-minute behind-the-scenes Military Times video of the renovations being done on the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The centerpiece of the construction is a new Wall of Remembrance, which will be “permanent home to the names of over 36,000 American servicemen and 7,100 Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) who gave their lives defending the people of South Korea.” Dedication is scheduled for July 27, 2022.
Susan’s Facebook page is an excellent source of Korean War history and information about veterans and Gold Star Family members. She conducts excellent conversations with veterans and others about the Korean War, which are archived on her YouTube channel.
Here is an excerpt from her letter to Korean War veterans and their families:
“With every beat of my heart, I know that my life and freedoms are possible because of America’s Korean War fallen heroes and Korean War veterans. I thank you with all my heart for the immeasurable sacrifices you made for me and all Koreans. We will never forget your sacrifices.
Beloved Korean War Gold Star families, I hope you take some comfort in knowing that the immeasurable sacrifices made by your loved ones, leaves behind the precious gift of freedom for millions of Koreans like me. And finally at our nation’s Korean War memorial, your loved one’s name will be made known and always remembered as a great American hero, who gave his life for the cause of freedom.
May God always bless you and your families. I thank everyone at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation for their dedication to honoring America’s Korean War fallen heroes through the construction of this sacred Wall of Remembrance. The Dedication Ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance is planned for July 27, 2022.”