Veterans of “Forgotten War”in Korea to be honored on Fourth of July

Families and friends of those killed in the Korean War are invited to attend tomorrow’s ceremonies at the Kauai Veteran Center.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. In commemoration, the names of the 36 Kauaians known to have died during the conflict will be read aloud in tribute. Four more Kauaians have been added to the Kauai honor roll: Patrick Hamada, Edward N. Ishibashi, Masami Kawamura and Katashi Yokotake.

At Friday’s celebration, the newly-painted A4-E Navy jet fighter will be unveiled by the Kauai Veterans Council.

The celebration, known as the Kauai Veterans Round-Up, begins with registration at 9:30 a.m., the formal ceremony at 10 a.m., and a special memorial service honoring veterans at 11 a.m. followed by lunch.

Pastor Gene Redden of the Central Kauai Christian Church is to give the invocation.

Retired Marine First Sergeant J. Q. Smith – a long-time resident of Wailua Homesteads and veteran of action in Okinawa and the Philippines during World War II plus service in the Korean War and Vietnam War – said the aircraft is on loan from the Navy to be displayed as a memorial.

Members of the state Veterans Service Offices and the National Veterans Administration are to attend the event to assist veterans with information and other help in obtaining needed veterans benefits. Medical help with testing blood pressure and checking for diabetes will also be available.

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