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Remembering Chosin

Remembering Chosin By Ned Forney October 26, 2017 It’s a pivotal event of the 20th century. An experience so monumental that it has come to represent, even encapsulate, the ongoing struggle between the forces of oppression, tyranny, and authoritarianism and those who believe in freedom, justice, and democracy. The Chosin Campaign, correctly called “Changjin” in Korea, was a defining moment in history. The two-week long battle (November 27-December 11, 1950), …Read More

Man J. Kim’s 14th Annual Appreciation Dinner for Korean War Veterans

On the early evening of June 25, 2017, not long after the commemoration ceremony at the Korean War Memorial that afternoon, KWMF 1st Vice President and San Francisco restaurateur Man J. Kim hosted his 14th Annual Korean War Veterans Appreciation Dinner at his Golden Gate Grill restaurant in San Francisco. More than 150 people attended the gala event, which features great food, wine, and live entertainment by local Korean-American performers. …Read More

June 25 Commemoration at the Korean War Memorial

On the afternoon of June 25, 2017, the sixty-seventh anniversary of the start of the Korean War, a small group of veterans, donors, and friends gathered at the Korean War Memorial in the Presidio of San Francisco. The event, organized by the Korean Consulate General of San Francisco and the Korean War Memorial Foundation, featured a few moments of prayer and remembrance, followed by the placing of a ceremonial wreath …Read More

A Memorable Meeting of Past and Present

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, a memorable meeting took place in San Francisco. Five aging Korean War veterans had the opportunity to share a meal with twenty-three young Korean exchange students in an emotional communion of past and present. The nineteen girls and four boys from Kyungbuk College were here under the aegis of the Berkeley Global Institute (BGI), a Bay Area organization that brings Korean student groups here to …Read More

How ROK President Moon Jae-in’s Parents Escaped Communism

By Ned Forney American men and women stationed on the front lines of potential flash points around the world are in harm’s way. From recent deployments to Afghanistan and Eastern Europe (NATO), to America’s continued presence in South Korea, Germany, and Japan, well-trained and dedicated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are ready to fight. They are prepared for battles they hope will never happen. But unfortunately, conflicts erupt and when …Read More

Last Chance to Get A Commemorative Tile On the Memorial Site

Only 26 Tiles Still Available The original design for the tile and plaque wall at the Korean War Memorial allowed for 600 commemorative tiles total. And by the time the Memorial opened on August 1, 2016, all 600 had been taken by Korean War veterans and other donors. A number of veterans and their families who heard about the tile program too late were deeply disappointed that they would no …Read More

An Intimate Memorial Day Gathering at the Korean War Memorial

On May 29, 2017, right after the larger Memorial Day event in the adjacent San Francisco National Cemetery, a smaller, more intimate ceremony took place on the Korean War Memorial Plaza. Korean War veterans, donors, and friends of the Foundation gathered with KWMF’s officers for a few moments of prayer and remembrance, followed by the placing of a ceremonial wreath in front of the Memorial wall. KWMF Executive Director Gerard …Read More

Republic of Korea’s New Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Story courtesy of Jim Fisher, Executive Director, Korean War Veterans Association On May 17, Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in appointed Pi Woo-jin, 61, a lieutenant colonel in the Army reserves, as Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. This is remarkable for a number of reasons. It’s unprecedented for a female field officer in the reserves with progressive tendencies to be appointed to lead the Ministry, which has typically been …Read More

Hallowed Korean Soil Added to San Francisco Veterans Memorial

On May 20, 2017, Armed Forces Day, in a ceremony co-sponsored by the San Francisco Veterans Memorial Committee and the Korean War Memorial Foundation (KWMF), sacred soil from the Korean War’s Inchon (now Incheon) battlefield was added to the Memorial. Over the years, soils from other battlefields, from World War I to Afghanistan and Iraq, have been interred in the Memorial Court, which is situated between the War Memorial Opera …Read More

Ensemble ARI Concerts In Honor of the Korean War Memorial

On January 27 and 28 of this year, Ensemble ARI presented two concerts honoring the Korean War Memorial. This remarkable group of classically trained Korean musicians from the Bay Area was founded in 2013 by composer Jean Ahn, Ph.D. The Friday, January 27 concert took place at Christ Church in Berkeley, California, and the Saturday, January 28 concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California. Both concerts began …Read More