The Traveling Korean War Memorial will visit Ravenswood this week, April 25-28, at Washington’s Riverfront Park.
The memorial is a replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C., said Katrena Ramsey, superintendent of parks and recreation.
The memorial will arrive at 10 a.m. Thursday and will be open daily 24 hours. It can be seen by car if you are unable to walk through it, and it will be lighted at night. Someone will be there to greet you Thursday through Sunday, Ramsey said.
The Mobile VA Office will arrive on Thursday as well and will be open for services Friday through Sunday.
At 7 p.m. on Friday at the Community Building at 300 Sycamore St., there will be a free showing of the film “Korean War Stories” hosted by Walter Cronkite.
There is a ceremony planned for Saturday at the park. At 10:45 a.m., the 249th Army Band will begin pre-ceremony music. At 11 a.m., the colors will be presented by the Charleston Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. An invocation will follow by Chaplain Maj. Bryan Knight of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
Welcoming comments and recognition of Korean War Veterans will be conducted by SFC Brian McCommon. Speakers will include Ravenswood Mayor Josh Miller; West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture and retired USMC Lt. Col. Kent Leonhardt; and Brig. Gen. Christopher Walker, assistant adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard and commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard.
The speakers will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of Taps. The Washington Western Lands Riverfront Museum will be open from noon until 4 p.m.
Ramsey is seeking volunteers to help with the memorial.
Volunteers are needed to take two hour shifts starting at noon Thursday until Friday at 6 p.m. At least two adults are needed to hand out pamphlets to visitors.
“You’ll be greeting visitors and providing a respectful, watchful eye. Warm and dry camper provided,” Ramsey said.
Volunteers also are needed to set up the memorial from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday and to help take it down at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
To help, contact Ramsey at 304-532-5268.
Sponsors include the West Virginia Humanities Council; Jackson County Historical Society; Douple P. Holdings Inc.; WV Rentals Inc.; Ochel Daniels (Vietnam veteran); Mike Randolph (Jackson County Commission and American Legion Post 107); Dave and Trudy Clegg; Danny and Jane Mitchell (Vietnam veteran); Patricia and Harold Lee and Sandra Smith (in honor of Bob Nichols, Arol Squires and Ralph Metz, Korean War veterans); the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6669; the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners; the City of Ravenswood; Bee Haven Supply; James and Nancy Randolph; and Boy Scouts of America Troop 43.
The memorial will be a great educational opportunity for local schools, BOPARC President Brian McCommon said in a previous statement.
“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,” McCommon said in a statement.
A requirement to hosting this memorial is to have someone on-site 24 hours a day. BSA Troop 43 and others will be assisting with that effort.
Contact Ramsey with questions or offers to help or donate. She can be reached at 304-532-5268 or by email at email@example.com.