The Traveling Korean War Memorial will visit Ravenswood from April 25-28.
The memorial is a replica of the one in Washington, D.C., said Katrena Ramsey, superintendent of parks and recreation.
“This will be an incredible educational opportunity for our schools, and we are also working on an actual ceremony for that Friday during school hours. We can’t release the details just yet, but we are working our connections to bring significant VIPs to speak. We want to honor all who served in the conflict, sometimes referred to as ‘The Forgotten War’ and will be working with the local veterans organizations in order to identify and invite these veterans,” Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation president Brian McCommon said in a statement.
Bringing this memorial has expenses, and some donations already have been made. Mike Randolph of American Legion Post 107 contributed, and a donation in honor of Ochel Daniels was made, McCommon said.
“BOPARC itself has budgeted a fair amount toward making this happen but if you’re able to donate as well, we could use more. This is tax-deductible and a receipt will be made to you. Checks can be made payable to City of Ravenswood,” McCommon said. “If you’d like to help in a different way, we also need a little physical help.”
A requirement to hosting this memorial is to have someone on site 24 hours a day.
“We already have BSA Troop 43 Friday evening until the time of departure on Sunday but we need help on that Thursday night. It can be in shifts or someone staying all night. It just depends on how many people are available,” McCommon said.
Contact Ramsey with questions or offers to help or donate. She can be reached at 304-532-5268 or by email at jkramsey@casinternet.