2006 photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
John Ruselowski (left) will lead the Korean War Armistice Day ceremony in Dearborn. Ryang Hong (right) will serve as bell ringer at the ceremony. This year’s ceremony is July 26 at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave.
DEARBORN – The Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council and a variety of Korean-American organizations will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War at 6 p.m. Friday in the auditorium of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave.
The public is invited to the ceremony and to a free reception afterward at Dearborn’s Polish Legion of American Veterans 75, 7900 Greenfield Road.
The ceremony honoring those who served in the military during the Korean War will be led by John Ruselowski, chairman of the organizing committee and a Korean War veteran.
“This 60th anniversary is significant,” Ruselowski said, “It’s a journey we couldn’t have anticipated. Many paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in this war, including 26 from Dearborn. We’ll pause to pay respect to them, and all who served during the Korean War.
“But most importantly, those who attend the event will see demonstrated the tremendous bond that has continued between the Koreans and the Americans. This is a night of thanks, gratitude and remembrance. The Korean War was a victory for the United States and the 21 nations of the United Nations, who stopped communist aggression.”
Also organizing and sponsoring the event are Soo Hong and the Korean Veterans Association of Detroit.
The ceremony will include remarks by Mayor John O’Reilly Jr.; U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Joseph Martin; Consul for the Korean Consulate in Chicago Jin Hyun Lee; Korean Asian Pacific Coordinator Mae Sook Wilkinson; state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-8th District); and state Rep. George T. Darany (D-15th District).
Serving as bell ringer is Ryang Hong, who was awarded the Republic of Korea Medal of Honor for his military service. Hye Young is vocalist.
The roll call of honor will be read by Purple Heart recipient George Harvey and Arman Alviani.
Other guests include representatives from the Korean American community of metropolitan Detroit, the Korean American Association of Michigan, the Korean American Foundation of Michigan and the Korean War Veterans of America, Michigan Chapter 256.
Martin is returning to his hometown of Dearborn to participate in the ceremony. He is a 1981 graduate of Dearborn High School and a 1986 graduate from the U.S. Military Academy.
Martin has served in a variety of troop assignments including commanding the 2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kan., and deploying with that command to serve in Iraq.
He also was chief of staff of III Corps in Fort Hood, Texas, commanded the U.S. Army Operational Test Command and is now the 1st Cavalry Division’s deputy commanding general for maneuvers. His awards include the Bronze Star.
Martin served as the grand marshal of the Dearborn Memorial Day Parade in 2010.
The ceremony is usually held on July 27, the actual date of the signing of the armistice 60 years ago, but was moved to July 26 this year in order to be synchronized with the commemoration in the Republic of Korea.