The lawn in front of the New Richmond bandstand was full and more people sat on the flood wall Friday, June 25 as they gathered to honor those that fought in the Korean War and the 19 Clermont Countians that died in the war.
The war entered its 60th year Friday. A cease-fire was signed in July of 1953 and troops have been stationed on both sides of the the border between the northern communist dictatorship and the southern democratic state ever since.
“27,000 U.S. men and women still stand in harms’ way on the 38th parallel,” Korea Veteran and local town crier Bill Knepp said. “This was not a conflict, it was not a police action, it was a war.”
The Korean War was the first major open battle between a communist force and the United Nations and has not been well remembered due to the fact that it came shortly after World War II and just before Vietnam.
“We’re here tonight to remember a war that has been called the forgotten war,” state Representative Danny Bubp said. “Tonight we remember.”
The service included a presentation of the colors by the Marine Leatherneck Detachment 693. Jonathan Hale sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and the pledge of allegiance was led by local veterans.
State Representative Joe Uecker spoke briefly on the General Assembly’s efforts to recognize the honor and remember flag conceived by George Lutz. Lutz’s son George A. Lutz II was killed in Iraq in 2005 and he wanted to create a nationalized symbol to recognize all U.S. soldiers who have died for their country.
“There is no national symbol for those who have given their all,” Uecker said.
Uecker said the General Assembly is considering a bill that would recognize the flag as an official state symbol of those that died serving their country. George Lutz has been working with veteran’s organizations, state legislatures and private companies to increase awareness of his project. He has presented personalized flags to numerous families of fallen soldiers since the project began.
For more information visit George Lutz’s website: www.honorandremember.org.
The short ceremony was followed by a concert by the Anderson Community Band.