Certificate & Peace Medal Ceremony Will Honor Local Korean War Veterans
On Saturday morning, August 3, 2019, at 11 a.m., Korean War veterans from Muscogee and surrounding counties have an opportunity to take part in a long overdue public recognition of their military service at a certificate and peace medal presentation ceremony taking place at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center’s Heritage Hall, located at 1775 Legacy Way in Columbus (31903).
Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby will join the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta to present Korean War veterans with a Georgia Certificate of Honor and the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal; both presented for honorable military service during the Korean War.
“It is never the wrong time to say thank you to a veteran, and that is especially true for our many Korean War veterans,” said Commissioner Roby. “The veterans of the Forgotten War have waited a long time for their service to be recognized.”
Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Korean War (from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953) is eligible to receive this certificate and peace medal lapel pin. Veterans who participated in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations through the end of 1955 are also eligible. This includes veterans with service in-country and those stationed elsewhere in other capacities.
A luncheon hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public, however due to limited seating capacity, registration ends on Friday, July 19, 2019. Registration is required to receive a certificate.
Korean War veterans interested in receiving a certificate may contact the GDVS Central Office via email firstname.lastname@example.org with their DD Form 214 attached, or fax their information (name, address, phone number and guest count) and DD Form 214 to 404- 656-7006.
Submissions should be marked with “Columbus Certificates.” For more information call Brian Zeringue, GDVS Director of Public Information, at 404-656-5933.
The Ambassador for Peace Medal began to be presented to veterans as a special memento for American veterans returning to Republic of Korea through the “Revisit Program.” The honor was later expanded to veterans unable to revisit Korea.
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service created the Korean War Certificate of Honor program in partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta in 2018.
The state’s Certificate of Honor is personalized with the Korean War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the Korean War remembrance logo. They are signed by Governor Brian Kemp and GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby.
According to the most recent data available (FY 2018) from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 41,430 veterans who reside in Muscogee and bordering counties; many of which are Korean War veterans.