Cambria honors veterans of Korea

EBENSBURG – Cambria County veterans from the Korean War were honored Thursday morning during a ceremony at the county courthouse.

Lt. Col. Kang Moon Ho, South Korean Marine Corps assistant defense attache from the South Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C., presented county commissioners with an award honoring Cambria County veterans who served in the war.

“Sometimes the Korean War is the forgotten war,” Kang told the audience of veterans and county officials in attendance.

But the war is far from over, and the sacrifices made will not soon be forgotten, he said.

During the ceremony, the 77 Cambria County residents who gave their lives during the Korean War were honored.

Lt. Col. Craig Minnick read each man’s name as Maj. Guillermo Canedo rang a small bell in remembrance, followed by a moment of silence and rifle salute.

As county commissioners and military veterans looked on, Kang said he was grateful to meet and thank the county’s veterans for their service.

President Judge Timothy P. Creany praised South Korea’s resilience and the bravery of the men and women who fought to defend the country during the Korean War.

Korean War veterans and their families endured separation, fear, loss and a wealth of hardships, Creany said. And when they returned home, Korean War veterans were not met with parades or fanfare but were largely forgotten for their service.

“We have not given the Korean War veterans the respect they deserve,” Creany said.

Creany implored the crowd to honor all veterans, especially those who served in the Korean War.

The nation will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the cease fire that ended the Korean War in July.

President Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder read a proclamation in remembrance of the county’s veterans who served during the war.

An Air Force veteran, Lengenfelder said the county would pay special homage to its veterans.

“God bless our troops,” Lengenfelder said.

Kang told the crowd gathered in the courthouse rotunda that he felt welcomed in Cambria County.

“The mountainous terrain is very similar to Korea,” Kang said. “I feel like I am home now.”

Kang is scheduled to meet with veterans and speak today at Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona.