Remembering the Korean War with veterans

At County Hall, surrounded by members of the Leicestershire Regiment Association.

At County Hall, surrounded by members of the Leicestershire Regiment Association.

On Monday I attended a special memorial event at County Hall to remember those who fought in the Korean War, along with many veterans of this conflict, which ended 60 years ago this week.

The Korean War is sometimes called “The Forgotten War”, because of a perceived tendency to overlook it due to its proximity to WW2 and the Vietnam War, but at County Hall we are determined it should not be so.

The Stand Easy memorial, featuring bronze statues of four recruits, proved a poignant focal point for the service, which was as moving as one might expect. Present were 60 veterans of the Korean War, all members of the county branch of the British Korean Veterans Association, as well as the members of the former Leicestershire Regiment, the Tigers, and several other guests.

The weather was pleasant but not so hot to cause discomfort, and music was provided by the charming Enderby brass band. After the service I met with many of the veterans, all of whom had plenty of memories to share.

It’s important to remember comrades who lost their lives in the Korean War, as well as those who were injured, and those who returned safely. We express our gratitude for their service given to this country and to the United Nations, and to the people of South Korea.

We also met with the Council’s War Memorials Officer, Liz Blood, who showed us a project she has been working on to gather Leicestershire veterans’ memories of conflicts on video, so that their wealth of experiences can be shared with future generations as part of the East Midlands Oral History Archive.

It included a short film and an exhibition based on the oral history work, which will be going online on the War Memorials Project web pages. You can find out more about the council’s work on memorials here.