South Korean Officials Visit Nashville To Pay Tribute to Local Korean War Veterans
February 14, 2013
Several ceremonies were held on Wednesday, February 13, to honor local veterans of the Korean War. A delegation of officials from the South Korean Government’s Office of Patriots and Veterans Affairs visited Nashville for the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
The day began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on the Legislative Plaza, followed by unveiling a road sign for the new section of the Korean Veterans Blvd at the 8th Avenue S Roundabout.
Local veterans then joined the Korean delegation and other visitors near the Korean War Memorial Bridge for a ceremonial planting of several Rose of Sharon shrubs. Rose of Sharon, or Hibiscus syriacus, is the national flower of South Korea. Its Korean name, mugunghwa, means immortality.
A luncheon honoring Tennessee Veterans who served in the Korean War is planned at the Opryland Hotel, followed by a visit to Murfreesboro to present Medals of Peace to Korean veterans at the Alvin York Veterans Medical Center and Tennessee State Veterans’ Home.
The visit here by Ministry officials was sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea to mark the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice. The Korean War occurred from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953. More than 54,000 Americans were killed during the fighting, including 816 Tennesseans, three of whom were Medal of Honor recipients.