CUYAHOGA FALLS: Those who fought and died in the Korean War will be honored this year at the Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Cuyahoga Falls.
Because of that, officials would like as many Korean War veterans as possible to take part in the parade.
Surviving Korean War veterans will be in the lead of the 81st edition of the parade that kicks off at 9 a.m. May 27 at Portage Trail and Lillis Drive and concludes at Oakwood Cemetery, where a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m.
All Korean War veterans who take part will receive a medallion that the city is designing, said Dave Sebastian, parade committee chairman.
“This is done as a way to thank those who have served in our military at that moment in our history,” Sebastian said.
The war began in 1950 and ended July 27, 1953.
Bill Niebuhr, past president and now activities chairman of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 138, is happy Korean vets like himself will be recognized at the Cuyahoga Falls parade.
“We fought for three years and lost 54,000 Americans,” said Niebuhr, 84, of Barberton, who served in the Army in Korea in 1952 and 1953.
“The surviving veterans haven’t had any recognition to speak of,” he said. “That’s why they call it the Forgotten War.”
Niebuhr said in order to arrange transportation during the parade, a good count of veterans who will take part is needed. Veterans who plan to attend are encouraged to call 330-753-4284.
In April 2011, representatives of the President Kyngman Rhee Memorial Association handed out 450 specially made medallions to area Korean War veterans to thank them for their service during the war in a ceremony at the Summit County Veterans Service Commission in Akron.
The Memorial Day Parade Committee in Cuyahoga Falls works with the American Legion Charles Faust Post 281 and the VFW Ralph Huff Post 1062 to plan the parade.
The 2012 parade had 1,822 participants, 24 floats, 117 vehicles and 107 units.
For more information on the parade, call Sebastian at 330-923-3201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at email@example.com.