City marks Korean War armistice anniversary

Photo by Daniel Heraty

Kye Yoon, (right) choir leader at Korean United Methodist Church of Metro Detroit in Troy, performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the national anthem of South Korea while Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council trustee John Ruselowski (left) salutes during a ceremony at Henry Ford Centennial Library July 27 commemorating the 61st anniversary of the cease-fire that ended the Korean War.

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – The “Forgotten War” was remembered in a special way last week.

Members of the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council and Korean-American organizations took part in a celebration July 27 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., to remember the end of the Korean War.

The celebration marked the 61st anniversary of the cease-fire that ended the fighting.

Mayor John O’Reilly Jr., whose father served in the war, shared memories of his father’s experiences.

“Speaking with him, I learned a lot about the Korean War,” he said. “He always spoke about assisting people in defending their country. Everywhere they went, people were warm and welcoming.”

During the ceremony, Kye Yoon, a choir leader from Korean United Methodist Church of Metro Detroit in Troy, performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” The Republic of Korea’s national anthem and “God Bless America.”

State Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) and state Sen. Morris Hood (D-Detroit) presented members of the Korean War Veterans Association with a certificate of appreciation.

O’Reilly spoke of the importance of remembering the war, and said he was proud Dearborn remains one of the only cities to hold an annual ceremony.

“If we lose sight, we lose perspective,” he said. “We’re making sure every year we reflect on the meaning of the war.”

Hee Chang Woo, a representative of the Republic of Korea Consulate General in Chicago, said that his country always will be grateful to the United States, and that the country that was defended then has become a full-fledged democracy.

“(The U.S. Army) came to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met,” he said. “The alliance between the United States and South Korea will continue to hold our countries together.”

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