Senator Mike Cierpiot Presents Missouri’s Korean War Veterans Memorial Bill in Committee
JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Mike Cierpiot, R–Lee’s Summit, presented Senate Bill 656 to the Senate’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Jan. 28. The legislation designates the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial in Kansas City as Missouri’s official Korean War veterans memorial.
Senator Cierpiot said the legislation is meant to highlight the importance of the Korea War, which is often neglected.
“Following in the shadow of World War II, the Korean War is often referred to as the ‘Forgotten War,’ but for the brave individuals who fight for democracy, this war is anything but forgotten,” said Sen. Cierpiot. “The Korean War called 1.5 million Americans into service, and in the end, over 37,000 Americans gave their lives defending freedom on the Korean Peninsula. Over 900 of those individuals were from Missouri, including more than 100 from the Kansas City region. Senate Bill 656 honors the courage and the sacrifice of these brave Missourians and works to ensure that this war is never forgotten.”
The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated on Sept. 28, 2011. The memorial is located in Washington Square Park, at the corner of Pershing and Main, in downtown Kansas City across from Union Station.