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Dedication Planned For New Korean War Veterans Memorial

9/22/2006

(Overland Park, Kan.)...Veterans of the Korean War and their families are invited to serve as special guests for the celebration of the Kansas City Metro's newest memorial. The dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Overland Park will take place Saturday September 30, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.

General Richard Myers will serve as the dedication's featured speaker. A native of Kansas City, General Myers is a former General of the United States Air Force and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. United States Representative Dennis Moore is also expected to attend the event. Congressman Moore is a veteran of the US Army and was instrumental in supporting the Korean War Memorial. Senator Pat Roberts, who also played an important role in bringing the Memorial to its final stage, will be represented. David Lawrence of Country WDAF FM radio will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Music will be provided by the Kansas City Korean Choir and The Greater Kansas City American Legion Band.

Construction on the Memorial, located at 119th and Lowell, began in early May. The 75-foot long, 8-foot high granite structure honors the Kansas servicemen killed in action (KIA) during that war.  Recognizing all five branches of the service, the wall of honor features the names of 415 KIA's, as well as the two Kansas Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and group recognition of Purple Heart recipients. The Memorial will also include a map of Korea, a timeline of the Korean War, recognition of the UN countries who participated, and recognition of The Memorial's major contributors. It also recognizes the group who received the Purple Heart, as well as the UN countries who participated. The $675,000 for the Memorial was raised through private and corporate donations as well as fund raising efforts. 

SI® Veteran Memorials, a division of the Overland Park-based Suhor Industries, worked with Merit General Contractors and B&A Associates architects to build this monument. "SI Veteran Memorials has helped create hundreds of monuments since 1968, including over 20 Korean War Memorials," says Russ Rogers, Vice President of SI Memorials. "We are thrilled and honored to be a part of this new memorial located in our own backyard."

The Memorial was the vision of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 1-181, and is four years in the making, according to Jack Gay, Chapter 1-181 Post Commander. "A lot of effort went into this Memorial, and we are so pleased with the result," says Gay. "The Memorial is magnificent…far more than I anticipated. We invite the public to come and celebrate its completion on September 30, and hope they come back often and bring their family and friends."  

Dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial

Date:                           Sept 30, 2006
Time:                           11:00 a.m.
Location:                     119th and Lowell, Overland Park

SI® Veteran Memorials assists in the design, development and funding of memorial projects for communities, civic organizations and private cemeteries.  SI Veteran Memorials has designed and built more veteran war memorials than any other US company, and is the preferred provider to the VFW.  They are a division of Suhor Industries, Inc., the nation's largest burial vault manufacturer and one of the leading funeral service providers in the country. For more information, please visit www.suhor.com.

The National Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. Kansas Chapter 1-181 commemorates all those members of the Armed Forces who served their country in or during the Korean War. They especially pay tribute to those who gave their lives, were wounded, prisoners of war or missing in action. For more information, please visit www.koreanwarmemorial-opks.com.

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Additional stories regarding this dedication ran in the Johnson County Sun on 9/21/06 and The Kansas City Star on 8/27/06.