Grafton?s role in honouring Korean vets
HUNDREDS of people from around Australia will converge on Grafton on June 25 to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
Hostilities broke out at 4am on June 25, 1950. At the end of the war, 340 Australian soldiers had paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The commemoration activities in Grafton will go on for two days, with the highlight a march down Prince Street from 1.30pm on June 25.
The march will be led by Grafton's army and naval cadets and RAAF cadets from Coffs Harbour.
There will also be a national meeting of Korean War veterans at the Grafton District Services Club, a service in Christ Church Cathedral, an official reception by mayor Ian Tiley and a host of get-togethers.
For many people, the centrepiece of the event is the official handing over of the Korean War Honour Roll Quilt, which will then have a permanent home at the Grafton library.
The quilt is the brainchild of Clarence Valley resident Olwyn Green, whose husband Charles died in the Korean War.
It shows the topography of the Kapyong area of Korea where Australian and Canadian troops changed the course of the war by repelling Chinese soldiers.
The quilt also has the names of every Australian killed in Korea.
Organiser and Korean veteran John Fitzpatrick, of Woodford Island, said the commemoration weekend would be something to remember.
"We're extremely grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian/Korean Foundation for providing funds to make the weekend possible."