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Suhor Industries to Build Korean War Memorial In Arkansas

10/24/2006
 (Overland Park, Kan.)…Three divisions of Suhor Industries (SI) will build one the country's newest war memorials. SI Construction Services recently signed a contract to build The Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial in Little Rock's MacArthur Park. The company will serve as general contractor on the project, and will work side by side with two of its sister companies:
SI Veteran Memorials and SI Precast.

Doyle Herndon, President of the Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial Foundation is happy to announce the selection of Suhor Industries to design and construct the Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial.  "Suhor Industries was selected as the contractor for this project because of their extensive experience in the construction of veteran memorials," says Herndon. 

The Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial Foundation broke ground on the memorial in November of 2005. It is intended to be a statewide memorial to honor the services of all of the Arkansas Korean War Veterans and to also be a lasting remainder of the sacrifices of the veterans of the often-called "Forgotten War".

The memorial will be a plaza with a unique entryway. The names of the 461 Arkansans killed in the Korean War will be listed on granite panels forming a semi-circle around bronze statues:

·         A combat soldier representing the fighting that took place in Korea to stop the spread of communism and to ensure freedom for the people of the Republic of Korea (South Korea.) 

·         A statue honoring the brave sacrifices that Combat Medics and Navy Corpsmen made to save the lives of others. 

·         One of these statues will be an African-American soldier symbolizing the end of racial segregation  in the Armed Forces of the United States that resulted from the Korean War.

·         A statue of two Korean Children represents the Korean people that suffered during the war and the future generations of Koreans that have rebuilt a nation that was destroyed by war.  The hand of friendship being extended by the combat medic represents the humanitarian work that took place during the war, and the strong tires of friendship that exits between the people of South Korea and the people of the United States. 

The Memorial will also feature a map of Korea and a display explaining the history of the Korean War. SI will be involved from design through dedication. Construction will start in November 2006 with completion slated for May 2007. The dedication will take place June 25, 2007.

"We are so honored to be involved with the new Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial," stated Russ Rogers, vice president of SI Memorials. "SI has worked on nearly two dozen Korean War memorials, and each one is special and meaningful."

The Korean Government, Hanam City (sister-city to Little Rock) and the Korean people have given over $400,000 for this project.  The Foundation must still raise nearly $100,000.  The public can make a donation or learn more about the Memorial Project by visiting www.arkansaskoreanwarmemorial.com, sending an e-mail to doyleherndon@comcast.net, or calling 501-590-6936. The Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial Foundation is a 501-C (3) non-profit foundation organized for the purpose of building the Arkansas Korean War Veterans' Memorial.  Donations are needed now to permit the Foundation to complete the Memorial Project by May of 2007.

SI Veteran Memorials has created hundreds of monuments since 1968, including over 20 Korean War Memorials.  Most recently, the company completed the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Overland Park, Kansas.  SI Veteran Memorials is the preferred provider to the VFW and is working with the American Legion on several projects.  Parent company Suhor Industries, Inc. is the nation's largest burial vault manufacturer and one of the leading funeral service providers in the country.

 

Article appeared in the YB News (12/1/06)