TAMPA — Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., Veterans Museum will hold a dedication ceremony of the Korean War Memorial for the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the park, 3602 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.
Ralph Hawkins, president of the Korean War Veterans Association, will serve as master of ceremonies. The national colors will be presented by the Joint Services Color Guard from U.S. Central Command, MacDill Airforce Base. The Tampa Bay Korean Woman's Chorus will sing the national anthems of the United States and South Korea. There will be an invocation by Capt. Young Chang Han, Chaplain Corps, Navy, retired.
Eddie Ko, Korean War Memorial committee chair, will review the memorial installation. Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan will serve as keynote speaker and present a signed proclamation from the commission. There will be a POW/MIA Empty Chair ceremony and Memorial Wreath Tribute, and a rifle salute and taps by the Marine Corps League, Detachment 1226, Riverview.
The recently relocated 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez, Marine Corps, Medal of Honor Memorial is adjacent to the Korean War Memorial. He received the Medal of Honor posthumously during the Inchon Invasion of the Korean War in 1950.