Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Fullerton officials consider approving Korean war memorial

Fullerton City Council on June 1 will consider allowing the erection of a Korean War Memorial in memory of nearly 40,000 U.S. servicemen who lost their lives during the war.

The proposed memorial would be located at Hillcrest Park along Duck Pond, near Brea and Harbor Boulevards, and contained five granite stars on pedestals, flagpoles, seats on the bench and an educational panel of the Korean War.

The granite stars will have the names of all Americans who engraved their lives in the conflict on the sides.

“The granite stars have been manufactured and the names are engraved,” according to a June 1 Agenda report.

The memorial is estimated to cost $ 1.1 million, but the city is not responsible for it. The Korean War Committee for Korean War (OCKWMC), established by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles to honor Americans who served in the war, would oversee the construction and maintenance of the memorial.

OCKWMC has already raised almost all the necessary funds and continues to raise money to complete the construction and for continued maintenance, the report said. The committee does not expect the city to provide financial support for the implementation or maintenance of the memorial.

After approval by the council and once construction begins, OCKWMC will not be able to change the design of the monument unless the city officials give permission.

The OCKWMC and the city first discussed a possible memorial to the Korean War in 2014 and at the time considered several locations before the project was postponed. Efforts were resumed in 2019.

Construction is expected to begin in July and end in September. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is currently scheduled for September 28th.


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