Model of Clermont Korean War Memorial unveiled

October 3rd, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

“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.

From left, Nathan Ramsey and Tiffany Reising of Maggard Memorials, Bill Knepp, Amanda Ramsey (Maggard Memorials), R.J. Vilardo, and Robert Sterling review a replica of the Korean War Memorial planned for Miami Meadows Park.
On top of a tall hill, covered by boulders representing Old Baldy (a battle site during the Korean War), there will be a 12 by 5 foot black granite panel with the picture of a bunker laser etched into the stone. Knepp took that picture. He and his comrades built the bunker; within 48 hours after it was built, it was destroyed by the enemy, taking the life of one of Knepp's close friends.

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.
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