Capitol observance honors Korean War vets


LITTLE ROCK — A weeklong remembrance began Monday at the state Capitol with an exhibit and a ceremony planned to honor Arkansas veterans of the Korean War on the 60th anniversary of the conflict.

“Korea is often called the Forgotten War. We want Arkansas’ veterans of that war to know we remember them on this poignant anniversary,” Secretary of State Mark Martin said in announcing the commemoration.

The war began June 25, 1950, and the fighting ended with the signing of an armistice on July, 27, 1953.

The exhibit includes memorabilia, maps, oral histories and a documentary provided by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Veterans of the war can sign maps indicating where they were stationed, and all visitors can learn about the conflict’s history from interpretive displays.

The highlight of the commemoration will be a ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda to honor Arkansas’ Korean War veterans, featuring Ambassador Suk-bum Park, consul general of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Gov. Mike Beebe.

The exhibit will be open through noon Friday. The Capitol will be open to visitors from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The events are a joint project of the secretary of state’s office, the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs and the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies-Central Arkansas Library System.