DEARBORN – Veterans of the Korean War will be honored as the city joins the country in marking the 70th anniversary of the conflict.
As part of the commemoration this year, the city, along with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council and the Korean American Community of Detroit, will join for a rededication of the City’s Korean War Living Memorial.
Community members are invited to attend the event at 3:30 p.m. July 29 in Veterans Park at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave.
The event will honor the 26 Dearborn veterans and the 33,652 Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice, along with more than 103,000 veterans who were wounded during the conflict.
“We are coming together to honor Dearborn’s veterans, embracing those who carried the scars of war,” Mayor Abdullah Hammoud said. “As we rededicate Dearborn’s Living Memorial this weekend, we do so with the promise that their sacrifices will echo in the community and beyond.”
In 2001, the city was designated as an official National Commemorative Community by the U.S. Department of Defense. This signified the beginning of a series of ceremonies and commemorations, and is when the original Living Memorial was installed in recognition, remembrance and gratitude for those veterans who served in the Korean War.
The rededication of the memorial includes a new monument in honor of the commemoration.
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is observed annually on July 27. Each year, the president of the United States issues a proclamation announcing the day as a day of national observance in honor of Korean War veterans and their families.