(Dearborn Michigan = Michigan Korean Times) Kevin Shin=
62nd Korean War Armistice Ceremony takes place in
Henry Ford Centennial library auditorium at 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn,
Dearborn Allied War Consul Chairman John Ruselowski Lead
Chairman of Korean war veterans John Ruselowski leads the
Ceremony. The posting of the colors is then done. The pledge of allegiance is
lead by Veteran of the year Leo Barrett. The National Anthems of the United
States and the Republic of Korea is sung by Ms. Hye Yoon. Pastor Gunsu Jung
gives the invocation. Mayor John O’reilly introduces the special guests, and
talks about his father in the Korean war, and how he commits himself to honor
Korean war veterans with allied veterans. His father was a WW2 and Korean war
veteran. His father spoke Korean at the Korean war events. O’reilly honors his
father for serving the countries. Remarks are given by Julius Hwang, President
of Korean American Society of Metro Detroit, Jae Woong Lee, Deputy Consulate
General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago, and also by Debbie Dingell, U.S.
Congresswoman representative of Michigan. After the remarks, there is a roll
call of honor in memory of those who sacrificed themselves during the war, and
then a tribute to the 26 dearborn native men who died during the Korean war.
Their names are placed below.
Lester W. Biggs
John Williams Brex
Damon K. Brown
Billy Roy Burkeen
Cashier M. Chrobak
Charles L. Dubas
John R. Fox
David C. Greene
Arthur E. Johnson Jr.
Jack W. Johnson
John F. Lapinski
Bernard F. Mcevoy
Glenn D. Meyers
Jerome C. Nozicka
Lincoln R. Painter
Neil F. Peck
Donald K. Plummer
George C. Strong
Jerry M. Summit
Eriks V. Zalcmanis
Harold R. Cross
Debbie Dingell, Mayor O'reilly, and Sean Green placing the Wreath
Ryan Hong, Julius Hwang, and Jae Woong Lee placing the Wreath
After the tribute, taps was played. The benediction was
given by Pastor Gunsu Jung. Ms. Hye Yoon came up again to sing God Bless
America, and a closing was given by Sean Green, Commander Dearborn Allied War
After three years, one month and two days, combat ended in
Korea as the armistice was signed at Panmunjom. Signed at the 1000th
hour, it became effective at 2200 hours on the same da. Korea remains in an
armistice status without a formal peace treaty to this day. Sergeant Harold R.
Cross, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regimental Combat
Team, was killed by a mortar blast shortly before the signing, and became the
last American casualty of the Korean war. Sergeant Cross was a native of the
The Remarks by Mayor Jack O’reilly of Dearborn were a
recognition of special guests in the audience and the stage. It was also a
tribute and recalling of the past ceremonies, and also his late father who had
also been at the ceremonies. He recalled the values that the ceremonies and his
father had stood for.
Julius Hwang, President of the Korean American Community of
Metro Detroit, gave remarks thanking the United States for their part in the
Korean war. He also gave a retelling of the history of South Korea after the
war, and it’s story of becoming the country that it is today.
Jae Woong Lee, Deputy Consulate General of the Republic of
Korea, also gave remarks that thanked the United States. He also talked of the
present day, and the endeavors that the United States and Republic of Korea had
worked on together recently.
Debbie Dingell, U.S. Congresswoman Representative of
Michigan, gave the final remarks. She thanked Ruselowski, and the previous ceremony
helpers of the past. She also thanked the many veterans of the Korean War, and
what they did to help South Korea and America.
Ryan Hong and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Korean War Veteran Sol Baltimore and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
Kevin Shin Michigan Korean Times Youth Reporter
Video of the Ceremony is coming soon.