By Estella R. Fullmer
For Hometown News
Veterans of the Korean War from Volusia and Flagler counties will be honored by the Department of Florida Korean War Veterans Association on Saturday, July 27.
The celebration opens a new Korean War display at the New Smyrna Museum of History at 120 Sams Ave. in New Smyrna Beach.
"The Korean War ended where it began, along the 28th parallel," said Bob McGuire, senior vice president of DoFKWVA. "After three years of vicious struggle and as many as 3 million lives lost, North Korea remained a communist nation and South Korea remained a free nation."
The date of the celebration is significant, according to Mr. McGuire. "July 27, 1953, was the agreed upon cease fire date, but no peace treaty has ever been agreed upon. Now in 2013, 60 years later, there is still only an uneasy truce."
The exhibit is small, but educational and will have historical artifacts that give a sense of understanding of the war to all who attend.
"Without glorifying war, it adds to the richness of the existing New Smyrna Museum of History," Mr. McGuire said.
All Korean War Veterans of Volusia and Flagler counties will be honored at 2 pm in the park next to the museum at 120 Sams Ave. The ceremony will consist of a welcome by Mr. McGuire followed by a proclamation from Mayor Adam Barringer. The Marine Corp. League will present the Colors followed by the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Jim Cook will deliver the Invocation and Larry Skates, president of the New Smyrna Museum of History, will have a few remarks. Pastor Hur of the Korean Baptist Church of Daytona Beach will say a Prayer of Reunification and Chuck Husband, president of the KWVA Chapter 189 will dedicate the new exhibit.
The special guest speaker will be Jason Davis, Volusia County Council Chair and a Gulf War Veteran, and the closing ceremony will consist of retiring the Colors and a benediction. Mr. McGuire invites all veterans from not only the Korean War, but World War II, Vietnam and the more recent conflicts to attend to support their brothers-in-arms.
South Korea has risen to be one of the world's fastest growing economies, ranking 10th on the world stage, according to Mr. McGuire. "They also continue to be one of the United States staunchest allies."
"Around the world, the 22 nations which joined the United States under the cooperative banner of the United Nations are today celebrating this victory over the forceful spread of communism," explained Mr. McGuire. "North Korea, aided by the USSR and China's vast military potential, failed physically and philosophically to dominate South Korea. North Korea has squandered its resources in the mythical defense of its philosophy while its people continue to live lives that most of the world finds reprehensible and inexcusable," stated Mr. McGuire. July 27, 2013, will be a day to remember those who died for freedom in Korea and to honor those who fought and stopped the advance of communism and suppression of the common people of South Korea.
For more information about the new Korean War exhibit at the Southeast Historical Society's New Smyrna Museum of History, call (386) 478-0052 or visit nsbhistory.org/Exhibits. For more information about the KWVA, write to Mr. McGuire at the Department of Florida KWVA, 971 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32124, call (386) 323-6401 or email McRob10@AOL.com.