Families should register Korean War veterans

Families should register Korean War veterans Gov. Mike Rounds needs help finding all South Dakota Korean War veterans' names and stories to help tell a correct account of the Korean War. Spouses of deceased Korean War Veterans are encouraged to attend the event, as they too will be honored during the dedication.

"This is a time to honor all who served from 1950 to 1955," said Gov. Rounds. "Our hope is that families will register their loved ones, even if they have passed away. Families should register veterans who served in Korea, stateside or in some other distant location. We want to honor veterans born in South Dakota, veterans who went to service from here, returned here, moved here, or moved away from here in retirement," said Rounds.

During the dedication ceremony, general reserved seating will be available for Korean War veterans and one guest, or in the case of a deceased veteran, a seat will be available for the spouse and one guest.

"We need all families or veterans to register, so we can make sure we accommodate you once you are here," Rounds said.

There are multiple ways families and friends can register Korean War Veterans:

* Visiting http://koreanwarmemorial.sd.gov/ and completing an online registration form.

* Calling the Korean Vet Hotline at 1-800-577-5152, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (CST) any day of the week

* Completing a Korean War Veteran Information Sheet and sending it to:

Military and Veterans Affairs

Attn: Bev Mickelson

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, SD 57501

Fax: (605) 773-5380


* Persons may obtain information sheets from: http://www.state.sd.us/news/items/veteranInfoSheet.pdf; Military and Veterans Affairs in Pierre; county or tribal Veteran Service Officers; and Veteran Service Organizations.

The Korean War Memorial will begin with the Heroes Parade in Pierre on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The formal dedication ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. near Capitol Lake. Plans also include a balloon release, daytime fireworks display and military aircraft flyover.

South Dakotans can visit http://koreanwarmemorial.sd.gov/ for more information about using the KWM logo, participating in the parade, registering to volunteer, donating to the memorial, using K-12 student resources, reading DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) stories and more.

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