Reader urges support for wall of remembrance
To the editor
I along with millions of Americans will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. I hope all will pause, reflect and give thanks to our Creator for bestowing to us this great country. But freedom is not free. I suggest readers research what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. All lost their fortunes, some were executed, families persecuted and destroyed, and more. They gave their all to provide us with the freedoms we enjoy today. So did the hundreds of thousands that have lost their lives in all of America’s wars since the Revolutionary War, including those that are serving and protecting us in today’s wars.
But I want to address the Korean War. It was first dubbed a “police action” by President Truman, then “The Forgotten War”, I think in Life Magazine. And it was truly forgotten. Nothing much was written about it. It wasn’t taught in our schools. It was even forgotten by those who participated in it. But we must NOT forget any longer the 37k+ men and women who were Killed-in-Action (KIA) or were Prisoners-of-War (POW) in that long ago and “Forgotten War.”
The South Carolina General Assembly passed a Resolution designating July 27, the Korean War Veterans Day.
A Wall of Remembrance has been approved by Congress that will be located at the site of the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Wall will have the names of these individuals engraved in it, thus ensuring their legacy. The Foothills Chapter No. 301 Fundraising Committee is raising funds for the S.C. 576 residents who lost their lives in the Korean War. Florence County had 19. Coward had 3, Florence had 10, Lake City had 5, and Scranton had 1.
From now thru July 27 (Truce Day), we will be making a push to raise the $83,000 needed to complete our goal. Please open your hearts and pocketbooks and donate to this most worthy cause. Texas Roadhouse has also agreed to have a Korean War night on July 23 where we will share in the proceeds. Please go and have dinner at Texas Roadhouse on July 23rd.
The cost is $350 per name.
The goal for S.C.’s 576 names is $200,000. We have raised $117,000 thus far.
Tax deductible donations of any amount are appreciated. Make checks payable to: KWVA Foothills Chapter, No. 301. In the “For” area write “WOR” or “Wall of Remembrance.” Mail them to: KWVA Foothills Chapter No. 301, Fundraising Committee, P. O. Box 6903, Greenville, S.C. 29606-6903.
Lewis Vaughn, S.C. Sen., Ret. Greer