Korean veterans get new memorial

GALLERY An emotional ceremony has been held to unveil a new memorial to recognise the sacrifice made by soldiers from the Ipswich area who were killed in the Korean War.

AN EMOTIONAL ceremony has been held to unveil a new memorial to recognise the sacrifice made by soldiers from the Ipswich area who were killed in the Korean War.

The event, organised by members of the Ipswich and District branch of the Korean Veterans' Association, was held on Sunday at the town's Millennium Cemetery in Tuddenham Road.

John Juby, chairman of the Ipswich and District branch and a Korea veteran who served with the Royal Norfolk Regiment, said soldiers from the Ipswich area served within regiments from Norfolk and Essex.

He said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic day and one we have waited eight years for. It was very emotional for me and a lot of the other veterans I'm sure.”

The stone's simple inscription reads: “For all those who served in Korea from 1951 - 1953.”

It was unveiled by Mayor of Ipswich, Inga Lockington.

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She said: “The Korean War is known as the forgotten war as there are other conflicts in the world we might forget, but this memorial will help us not forget.”

The stone for the memorial, measuring 42in by 18in, was sourced from Korea and is being shipped over by Hanjin Shipping's Felixstowe operation.

Are you pleased about the new memorial? Are you a Korean War veteran? Send us your thoughts. Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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