Korean War Armistice Day commemorated


Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
The Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council held a special ceremony July 27 to mark the 56th anniversary of Korean War Armistice Day – the event that ended active hostilities in the Korean War. Korean War veterans from Dearborn and across America were honored, including a special presentation made in memory of Air Force pilot Col. James Jabara. A special framed Dearborn resolution honoring the now-deceased veteran of World War II and the Korean War was given by Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. to the Arab American National Museum for display. The Museum is located on Michigan Ave. across from City Hall. Col. Jabara has family roots in the village of Merjayoun, Lebanon. During World War II he flew more than 100 combat missions over Europe, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with the Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with 18 Oak Leaf Clusters. He later became the first jet pilot ace of the Korean War and was awarded a second Distinguished Service Cross with the Oak Leaf Cluster. Pictured here at the Korean War Armistice Day ceremony are (from left): City Council President Thomas Tafelski, Arab American National Museum Curator of Exhibits Elizabeth Barrett, Council Member George Darany, O’Reilly and Allen Mallad.