Chapter 42 of the Mississippi Chapter of the Korean War Veteran Association dedicated the state's first and only Korean War Memorial at Veteran's Park on Tuesday.
A small crowd, including several veterans of the Korean War, attended the dedication of the monument, which will be placed at the park's new pavilion within the next year.
Bobby Wilson, president of Chapter 42 and a Korean War veteran, understands that the Korean War is almost unknown to many, but said he wants people to honor those who put their lives on the line.
"I wanted all of us to be remembered," said Wilson, who spearheaded the memorial. "It is something that is very important to all Korean War veterans. It's the Forgotten War but that doesn't mean the men who fought and died in it have to be forgotten. We want people to know what we did and why we did it."
Like Wilson, guest speaker Bob Taylor is also a veteran of the Korean War. And like Wilson, he said remembering is important.
"Veteran's Park is a reminder of the cost of our freedom," said Taylor. "It is a way for us to honor our fallen soldiers. We the living will never forget the men who died and served in Korea. It's our job to keep their memories alive and this monument will help to do that."
The 5-foot-tall monument reads: "In Honor of the Korean War Veterans of Mississippi Chapter No. 42."
Nearly 37,000 soldiers died in the Korean War.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation Director Don Lewis said the monument will be placed in its permanent home within the next year when a new sidewalk and pavilion are built at the park.
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