Veterans, community members, and elected officials came to the Mountaineer Military Museum Saturday, June 24, for the unveiling of the Korean War Memorial. Four Korean War veterans participated in the unveiling, who were Robert Hull, Huston Hughes, Bernard Morrison, and Miles Paugh.
Barb McVaney, museum operator, welcomed everyone and thanked everyone for coming. McVaney said that since the end of the war in 1953, servicemen were not honored, as they had been in previous wars, with the Korean War eventually known as “The Forgotten War.”
McVaney said that since the Mountaineer Military Museum opened, her husband, Ron, had wanted to honor Korean War veterans as he had an uncle and several others who he looked up to that served in the conflict.
He found some design ideas, talked to Joel and Christa Richards, the owners of Kiddy Monument, and the dream started to become reality.
Fundraising efforts were held at the museum and around the community, with businesses and individuals donating to the cause. The unveiling of the monument coincided with the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the war, which commenced June 25, 1950.
The monument was constructed by Kiddy Monument in Weston, and City Crane from Morgantown donated their time and equipment to place the monument last week.