“The Korean War: Remembering Rowan’s Veterans” opens this weekend

  • Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:03 a.m.
Grady Hall, Sonny Karriker and Terry Holt dress a mannequin for the next exhibit The Korean War: Remembering Rowan’s Veterans. It opens at 1 p.m. Sunday and will remain up through Sept. 8.
Grady Hall, Sonny Karriker and Terry Holt dress a mannequin for the next exhibit The Korean War: Remembering Rowan’s Veterans. It opens at 1 p.m. Sunday and will remain up through Sept. 8.

SALISBURY — The Rowan Museum will open its new exhibit The Korean War: Remembering Rowan’s Veterans this weekend.

The exhibit will open at 1 p.m. Sunday at the museum with a public reception to honor veterans and sponsors. It will close Sunday, Sept. 8.

The museum will be displaying Korean War items from Rowan soldiers and plans to collect oral histories from local veterans during the exhibit.

Terry Holt, a member of the museum’s Board of Trustees, is chairing the exhibit along with special volunteers Gleen Hinson and Sonny Karriker. They will be assisted by the museum exhibits committee.

Some of the artifacts in the exhibit are from the museum’s collections, while many will be on loan from private residents.

For many Americans the Korean War was the first opportunity for the Cold War to go “hot.”

The new United Nations was put to an early test at keeping world peace. The North Korean government was seeking to make all of Korean communist.

The United States was looking forward to homecomings and family-building after spending several heartbreaking years involved in World War II.

The military had planned on reducing its forces and developing polices that would limit the spread of communism.

However, when the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel and attacked South Korea, Uncle Sam called on the men and women of the United States, North Carolina and Rowan County to duty again.

This exhibit, “The Korean War: Remembering Rowan’s Veterans,” is dedicated to local Korean veterans, both living and dead.

These brave men and women served when the world did not know what to call their service.

The 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War is July 27.

Was it the Korean War? Was it a police action? Was it an armed conflict?

There was no declaration on war and no peace treaty at the end. So what was it?

To many Americans, it was a time to be forgotten. But for those who were there, it was the coldest of winters and bloodiest of battles with each army pushing the other up and down the Korean Peninsula.

However, we can never forget the sacrifices of almost 1,800,000 who served in Korea along with the almost 36,000 who were killed and the approximately 103,000 who were wounded.

We as Americans seldom speak of these brave soldiers who were sent halfway around the world. Many of our memories are of a television program called M.A.S.H. that represented the efforts of the dedicated doctors and nurses who saved so many lives.

Those brave folks, many of whom are still with us, should be told that they are not going to be forgotten here in Rowan County.

The museum is located at 202 N. Main St..

It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The museum will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

For more information or to schedule group tours, call the museum at 704-633-5946 or email rowanmuseum@fibrant.com.

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