Korean War Memorial to get new wall for names

Libbey Dean

Ground has broken on a new addition to the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C.. The Wall of Remembrance will become the permanent home to the names of the servicemen who lost their lives in the Korean War.

President Barack Obama authorized the addition of the Remembrance Wall back in 2016 and it is expected to be completed by next summer.

“We wanted to show the cost of war and the cost of freedom,” said General John Tilelli, Korean War Veterans Memorial Board Chairman .“We want to ensure that those who serve get the proper recognition, they so rightly deserve anything we can do to stop or in our mission. That’s what we want.”

The Korean War is often called the forgotten war, but to veterans like Oklahoma’s Jim Holman, they refuse to let that be the case

“It truly is the forgotten war. I call it a war. They don’t call it war,” Holman said.

The addition is going to be more than a list of names on a wall. To many, it will serve as an ongoing reminder of the over 36,000 servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

“It is going to be, I think, heart rendering for the families who still remember those that they lost,” Tilelli said.