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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

Korean-American Student Group From the South Bay Visits the Memorial

On the morning of Saturday, January 14, a group of students from Santa Clara County made a special trip to visit the Korean War Memorial in San Francisco. The students are members of the Korean American Youth Leadership Program (KAYLP). Ms. Eunice Lee, KAYLP’s Founder and Director had arranged and coordinated the visit with KWMF, and the Foundation’s officers and supporters were there to meet the students upon their arrival. …Read More

Additional Tiles Available

Special Announcement: A Limited Number of Additional Commemorative Tiles Are Now Available The original design for the tile and plaque wall at the Korean War Memorial had room for 600 commemorative tiles total. That was the maximum that the wall could accommodate. And by the time the Memorial opened on August 1, 2016, all 600 had been taken by Korean War veterans or other donors. A number of veterans and …Read More

A Photographic Tour of the Korean War Memorial

Many of you, our donors and supporters, may not be able to visit the Korean War Memorial for one reason or another: time, distance, health, or other issues. With that in mind, the following is a brief photographic tour that will provide you with a glimpse of what your generosity has helped create. The Memorial is in San Francisco’s Presidio, once a renowned U.S. Army base and now a stunningly …Read More

Korean War Hero from Sonoma Finally Gets to See the Memorial

Theodore H. “Ted” Chenoweth has been unable to visit the new Korean War Memorial since it first opened in August. The Korean War veteran no longer drives, and he has had some trouble getting around lately. So the long trek from his home in Sonoma wasn’t practical. The situation changed on October 6, however, when KWMF’s Gerard Parker paid him a surprise visit and drove him down for a “private …Read More