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25 years ago
May 28, 1988
The dedication of a monument to the 54,000 U.S. servicemen who gave their lives in the Korean War will be the centerpiece of Memorial Day ceremonies in Oneonta Monday.
“These people gave their lives for their country. They fought for freedom,” said Michael Ross of Oneonta, who served in the Signal Corps in Korea for 18 months.
Ross said the Korean monument to be dedicated Monday would help remind people of the conflict against communism that took life from some Americans and gave freedom to others.
After interest in Vietnam veterans rose last year through films and memorial ceremonies, area Korean veterans said that theirs was a forgotten war.
“We are the ones who survived … to come home to a free country,” said Frank Patten, a Korean veteran who helped plan the memorial. “We dedicate this Otsego County Korean Memorial to those deceased and those who served because freedom is not cheap.”
Local youth, veterans, a riderless horse and many organizations will march along Main Street in the first event of the morning starting at 10 a.m.
Participants include Charles Bateman of Cooperstown, Otsego County representative; Lester Grummons, master of ceremonies; the Rev. Donald Rutherford, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church; the Oneonta Junior and Senior High School Bands; students Rick Stakel reciting the Gettysburg Address and Theo Basdekis reading Logan’s General Orders establishing Memorial Day, and Ben Alderich and an OHS student playing Taps.
The dedication of the Korean Monument will follow with Mayor David Brenner as master of ceremonies. The service will include the raising of the flag at the monument by recruiters representing the three branches of service; and unveiling of the monument.