Gov. Pete Ricketts praised the sacrifice of Korean War veterans during a special Capitol ceremony Friday afternoon honoring them on the 65th anniversary of the conflict.
Ricketts said it is past time to honor those veterans.
“Many of our veterans from the Korean War, and we have about 13,000 of them here in our state, feel like this is called the ‘forgotten war’ for a reason; that their sacrifices are not remembered,” Ricketts told the gathering. “But we’re here today to tell you on behalf of the state of Nebraska and the Republic of Korea, that we appreciate your sacrifices, your actions, and everything you did to protect our liberties.”
More than 300 people packed the rotunda.
Veterans received special Ambassador for Peace medals created by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Korean War veterans who served in Korea between June 25th, 1950, and July 27th, 1953, or participated in UN Peacekeeping operations in the country before January 1st, 1956 were eligible.
At the ceremony, Ricketts signed a proclamation and presented Ambassador for Peace medals to veterans, surviving spouses, and family members as a symbol of gratitude from Nebraskans and the Republic of Korea for their service.
July 27th is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in America, which marks the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
Deputy Consulate General of Korea in Chicago Donghan Yang attended the ceremony.