In a special tribute, the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County will hold a Korean War memorial ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillsborough County's Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301.
The memorial will honor service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard who made the ultimate sacrifice during this conflict. It also will mark the 61st anniversary of the armistice that ended that conflict, signed on July 27, 1953.
The event will be hosted by the Korean War Veterans Association and Lt. Baldomero Lopez (MOH) Chapter 175 and will include speeches from Korean War survivors Dr. Kimi Springsteen and Dr. Sun Kyun Shin, who will recount their experiences. The 1226 Riverview detachment of the Marine Corps League will salute the fallen soldiers with a rifle salute and the playing of taps.
During the conflict, 37,576 American soldiers were killed in action; 103,236 American soldiers were wounded; and 8,099 are still missing in action. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Frank Strom, Veteran Services, at (813) 246-3170 or [email protected]