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Governor Kitzhaber signs bill establishing Korean War Veterans Honor Day (May 17, 2011)

Governor Kitzhaber signs bill establishing Korean War Veterans Honor Day

May 17, 2011

Good morning and welcome. It is my pleasure to have you here for the signing of Senate Bill 951.

To our veterans who are here today, we are honored by your presence and you have the thanks of a grateful state and nation.

The Korean War is often referred to as The Forgotten War.  It was a difficult war even for contemporaries to understand, and historically it has been overshadowed by World War II and Vietnam.

But we stand here today to say that we do remember our Korean War veterans.  We remember their honor.  We remember their courage.  And we remember their sacrifice.

Those battles cannot be forgotten: the landing at Inchon, the stand at the Pusan Perimeter, the fight at Heartbreak Ridge and the Chosin Reservoir.

Against unbelievable odds, difficult terrain, and extreme temperatures, our soldiers always fought with valor.  Through their unparalled efforts, they preserved a free and prosperous Republic of Korea.

Senate Bill 951 establishes June 25th as Korean War Veterans Honor Day.  Thank you to my partners in the Legislature for bringing this bill forward and passing it unanimously.

This is a small act to recognize the service and sacrifice of our Korean War veterans and it is my honor to sign this bill into law.

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