Begich Pays Tribute to Alaska’s Korean War Veterans
Veterans Awarded Medals by Korean Ambassador
U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Ho-young Ahn presented specially minted medals to 59 Korean War veterans today during a recognition event at the Veterans’ Memorial in Anchorage.
The event was held to recognize the heroism of veterans of the Korean War, a conflict that started 64 years ago and took the 36,500 service members. Nearly 1.8 million Americans served in the Korean War and dozens live in Anchorage.
The medals presented were specially minted from the aging barbed wire which separates North and South Korea along the Demilitarized Zone and brought to Anchorage by Ambassador Ahn. Begich invited Ahn to Alaska to pay tribute to the long and close economic and cultural relationship between Alaska and South Korea.
“For too long, the Korean War was a ‘forgotten war’ for many Americans,” said Begich. “But we must remember that, today, the Republic of Korea is modern and thriving because of the sacrifices of our military and their families. I urge all Alaskans to pay tribute to our Korean War veterans and never forget their contribution to freedom.”