For Immediate Release
Contact: Alex Reed, 501-682-1217
State Capitol to Host Korean War Remembrance
(July 22, 2013) LITTLE ROCK — Secretary of State Mark Martin said the Arkansas State Capitol is hosting special events this week to commemorate the Korean War.
A week-long exhibit opens Monday. The climax of the week will be a ceremony to honor Arkansas’s Korean War veterans on Wednesday, July 24, featuring Ambassador Suk-bum Park, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, and Governor Mike Beebe.
“Korea is often called the Forgotten War,” Martin said. “We want Arkansas’s veterans of that war to know we remember them on this poignant anniversary.”
The special exhibit includes memorabilia, conflict maps, oral histories and a documentary provided by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Veterans of the 1950-1953 war can sign maps indicating where they were stationed, and all visitors can learn about the conflict’s history from interpretive displays.
The Korean War began June 25, 1950, and raged across the Korean Peninsula until July 27, 1953.
“Ceremonies across the nation have commemorated the sixtieth anniversary of the war over the past three years,” Martin said. “As we approach the anniversary of the armistice, I invite all Korean War veterans in Arkansas, and all Arkansans, to join us at the Capitol this week.”
He added, “Whether you attend the ceremony, or can come any time Monday through Friday to study the exhibit, I hope Arkansans will take some time to learn about the South Koreans’ struggle for freedom, and show their appreciation to the veterans of that war.”
The commemorative ceremony is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the State Capitol Rotunda. The exhibit will be open from noon Monday until noon Friday. The Capitol will be open to visitors from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The events are a joint project of the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies/Central Arkansas Library System.