March 19, 2017 5:11 pm News Admin
American Legion Smith/Wever Post 651 cordially invites you to our Award and Remembrance Ceremony honoring veterans of the Korean War this Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at the Sayville American Legion.Post 651 will be recognizing over twenty Long Island heroes from “The Forgotten War”.
The Korean War brutally raged between 1950-1953 and was the first major armed clash between the Free World and Communist forces as the so-called “Cold War” turned hot. Unfortunately, the sixty-plus years that now separates us from that conflict has dimmed our collective memory. Many Korean War veterans consider themselves forgotten, their place in history sandwiched between the sheer size of World War II and the fierce controversies of the Vietnam War. It should be remembered that during the war over 100,000 US Servicemen and women were wounded while another 36,574 paid the ultimate sacrifice for another’s freedom. To this day, over 7,800 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines remain missing.
The ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm, where there will be a special presentations, awards/medal bestowment and historic displays. Also included are special guests from the Korean War Veterans Association of Greater New York as well as veterans from WWII, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served after the closing.
Please join us in honoring our fellow Long Islanders for this family-friendly event and ensure that the heroes of “The Forgotten War” are forgotten no more.