Korean MemorialKorean War & Korea Defense Service Veterans, Lake Co. (FL), Chapter 169

Korean Baptist Church Honors Central Florida Veterans on 60th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

Apr. 6, 2013, Ocala, FL: Seventy Central Florida Korean War and Service Veterans, along with their spouses and friends, were honored by The Korean Baptist Church of Ocala, FL in recognition of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice July 1953.

Group photo of veterans and some of the church members in front of the Korean Baptist Church, 7710 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala.   FL 34476.

Veterans attending were from Korean War Veterans Chapters 169 Lake County, 16 Ocala, 188 South Lake County, and 267 GEN James A. Van Fleet in Gainesville.

They were treated to very tasty Korean foods, each presented a lovely living orchid, and given a lovely rendition of the Song of Arirang, which was better remembered by the vets as “ah di dong.”

Photo: Church pastor Kim, and Korean ladies give beautiful rendition of  Song of Arirang, which GIs remember as “ah di dong.”        Click here to play songs

Photo: Gordon Talbot (a) is presented, and (b) expresses his appreciation for a beautiful orchid, which every veteran attending received.

In return, Association Asst. Secretary Jake Feaster delivered a harmonica rendition of  The Army Song and the Battle Hymn of the Republic, Gold Star Spouse Carol Becker on the piano led the veterans with God Bless America, and Bill Shumaker representing Chapter 169 gave each of the Korean Church members one of the Chapter’s newly-produced lapel pins.

This was the first ever such event in this area. It was facilitated by Reverend Joseph Ryu; Tom Thiel Chapter 169 past president coordinated the KWVA participation, and Pastor Kim the Korean Baptist Church.

Photo: Thiel, Kim and Ryu

KWVA Veterans greatly appreciated this beautiful occasion to remember them for their service defending Korea, and to make it the symbol of freedom and democracy in Asia. We thank Minister Ryu and Pastor Kim for all they did to make this wonderful event take place; they were invaluable!

Photo: Korean ladies who made the event so wonderful. 

We welcome our new Korean American friends!