By Kristin Rover
Clermont County Commissioners proclaimed July 27 as Korean War Armistice Day in Clermont County during their July 10 meeting.
Commissioner Ed Humphrey read the proclamation and presented it to Korean War veteran William Knepp.
Humphrey talked about the Korean War and the involvement of the United States.
He said 1.7 million members of the armed forces were involved in the war, which lasted three years.
“Nineteen men in Clermont County gave their lives for the cause of peace during the Korean War,” Humphrey said.
He declared July 27 as Korean War Armistice Day in the county and encouraged residents to recognize the day.
“We urge members of the community to reflect and give thanks for the sacrifices of the members of the community,” Humphrey said.
Humphrey said all government flags will be flown at half staff on July 27.
He presented the proclamation to Knepp, who talked about the Korean War Memorial, which will be unveiled at the Spirit of 76’ Memorial Park in Miami Township on July 27.
Knepp introduced several other veterans who served in the Korean War and World War II.
“The whole time that we served in Korea, our thoughts came home constantly,” Knepp said. “We would dream the American dream. We chose Clermont County to live out the American dream.”
Knepp talked about the Korean War Memorial that is being built in Clermont County, and the dedication they will be having for the memorial on July 27.
“We invite you to come out to the dedication of the park,” Knepp said.
Knepp said the memorial, which is located in the Spirit of 76’ Memorial Gardens and Arboretum, located in Miami Meadows Park in Miami Township, was funded by individual donors.
“We could not have done this without the individuals,” Knepp said about the project.
Knepp said approximately $100,000 has been put into the park so far, and they are still looking for donations to complete the park.
He said the Korean War Memorial dedication ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. July 27. Patriotic music and registration for Korean War veterans will begin at 2 p.m.
There will also be a lunch and movie showing at noon at the Miami Township Community Center July 26. The lunch is $5 for visitors and is free for Korean War veterans. An RSVP for the lunch is appreciated.
For more information about the memorial dedication, or the lunch, call Knepp after 7 p.m. at (513) 831-2923.
For more information about the Korean War Memorial visit www.spiritof76memorial.org.