Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a ceremony at the State Capitol Friday to honor veterans of the Korean War. Over 300 people, including veterans from across Nebraska and their family members, joined the Governor for the ceremony. At the ceremony, the Governor signed a proclamation and presented Ambassador for Peace medals to veterans, surviving spouses, and family members as a symbol of gratitude from Nebraskans and the Republic of Korea for their service.
“My administration strives to make Nebraska the most veteran-friendly state in the nation, both in providing excellent service to our veterans and in recognizing and honoring them for their bravery and sacrifices,” said Governor Ricketts. “I want all our state’s veterans to know how much we appreciate them. While the Korean War is often referred to as ‘the Forgotten War,’ today’s ceremony is a reminder that Nebraskans have not forgotten our veterans or the sacrifices they have made in defending our republic.”
July 27th is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in America, which marks the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. This year is the 65th anniversary of the signing of the proclamation.
The Ambassador for Peace medals were created by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Korean War veterans who served in Korea between June 25th, 1950, and July 27th, 1953, or participated in UN Peacekeeping operations in the country before January 1st, 1956 were eligible.
“There are many ways to honor our state’s veterans, and this is just one step we’re taking to do that,” said Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) Director John Hilgert. “Whether it’s through recognition, benefits, advocacy, care in one of our facilities, or any other service we can provide, serving Nebraska’s veterans is our mission, our passion, and our duty.”
Also attending the ceremony was Deputy Consulate General of Korea in Chicago Donghan Yang. Mr. Yang’s overseas postings include Minister-Counselor at the Embassy in Manila; Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Korea in Geneva; Counselor at the Embassy in Libreville; and First Secretary at the Embassy in Washington, DC. He has a Master’s Degree from UC San Diego, and a BA in Political Science from Seoul National University.