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Korean War Veterans Recognized in Ceremony at Sedalia VFW

The Korean War may have happened over 60 years ago and may be called the “Forgotten War,” but it was remembered by those who gathered at the Sedalia VFW on Sunday afternoon (June 23). Eighteen Korean War vets were on hand to be recognized for their service by the Sedalia VFW. Post Commander Larry Reven and Service Coordinator Gary Gill led the program that was held in honor of the 63rd Anniversary of the start of the Korean War and the 60th Anniversary since it ended.

Veteran Historian Latisha Koetting served as the guest speaker of the event and talked about how it is important for veterans to not only talk about and remember their service, but share it with friends and family so the history is not forgotten. Koetting shared stories, and a common theme was everyone had a job to do and some did it in the bitter cold. Koetting said that how cold it was is one of the most shared stories. Some of the Vets said that at times it was 30 below zero, and then during the day it would warm up.

There was a Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Ceremony.  Korean War vet and former Sedalia Mayor Allen Hawkins shared that he was a Prisoner of War for a very short time and during the ceremony, we should remember those who died and those who have not come home yet.

There were several who participated in the ceremony, including Ben Sparks who sang the National Anthem and Amazing Grace, Post Chaplain Dan Ballah and Allen Hawkinss did the prayers; Doug Sokolowski and Beau Mathews led the tribute to the MIA/POWs, Daniel Aggelar played taps, Jim Ellis led the pledge and Larry Stevenson read the names of the fallen Korean War Vets from Pettis County that died in combat.

The Sedalia VFW thanks all those who were able to come.

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