“This is absolutely amazing. I am thrilled they are doing this,” said 81-year-old Korean War veteran Cecile Dozier of Miami Township, surveying a model of the Korean War Memorial that will be built at Miami Meadows Park in Miami Township.
Plans for the massive memorial were unveiled during a news conference at the Clermont County Administration Building in Batavia Thursday, Sept. 16. Bill Knepp of Miami Township, along with fellow Korean War veterans R.J. Vilardo and Robert Sterling are founders of Korean War Veterans 1950-1953 United, the group that has put together plans for the memorial…for those who didn’t come home.
Knepp was close to tears as he described the centerpiece of the 100 foot by 200 foot structure.
Surrounding Old Baldy will be a walkway called the Trail of Broken Dreams.
"We will have granite markers memorializing Clermont County soldiers that died in the Korean War," said Knepp.
"This is by far the largest project we have ever undertaken," said Amanda Maggard-Ramsey with Maggard Memorials in Lebanon. "It's going to be quite powerful to see."
The Korean War Memorial will be part of the Spirit of '76 Memorial Garden and Arboretum that will honor those who have served in all military conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War. Miami Township Trustees have set aside eight acres of the park for the memorial area that can easily be accessed by a nearby parking lot. Donations for the Korean War Monument at Miami Township can be mailed to the National Bank and Trust Company, M.G.P.A. Korean Memorial, 715 Lila Avenue, Milford, Ohio 45150.