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Start of the Korean War commemorated

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Korean War veteran Richard 'Dick' DeMers salutes the floral wreaths displayed at Wilsonville’s Korean War Memorial at a June 21 commemoration of the war’s beginning.It was a day for reflection — June 21 — as the Korean War Veterans Association - Oregon Trail Chapter helped spearhead a commemoration of the June 25, 1950, start of the Korean War. More than 33,000 American servicemen were killed in the fighting, while more than 10 times that number of Korean civilians also perished.

The commemoration was held at the Korean War Memorial at Wilsonville's Town Center Park, where several hundred people, including veterans of all ages, gathered to pay their respects.

Below is a photo gallery shot by Josh Kulla.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Korean Elders Choir of Oregon performs June 21 at a commemoration in Wilsonville's Town Center Park to mark the start of the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Korean War Veterans Association – Oregon Trail Chapter President Charles Lusardi (right) helps place a wreath to commemorate the servicemen and women lost in the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Wilsonville City Councilor Scott Starr helps place a commemorative wreath at Wilsonville's Korean War memorial at a June 21 ceremony to mark the 1950 start of the war.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Members of the Federation of the Northwest Korean Association place a wreath at Wilsonville's Korean War Memorial to honor the hundreds of thousands of Koreans and Americans killed in the fighting.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Wilsonville City Councilor Scott Starr speaks June 21 at a commemoration held at Wilsonville's Korean War Memorial to mark the 1950 start of the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - U.S. Marine Corps veteran and current Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Cameron Smith speaks June 21 at a Korean War commemoration in Wilsonville.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Brigadier General Steven Beach of the Oregon National Guard speaks June 21 at a commemoration to mark the 1950 beginning of the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Wreaths commemorating the dead of the Korean War were placed at Wilsonville's Korean War Memorial at a June 21 ceremony.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Members of the Oregon Korean Culture Art Center's drum group performed June 21 at Wilsonville's Town Center Park as part of a commemoration of the beginning of the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Members of the Oregon Korean Culture Art Center's drum group performed June 21 at Wilsonville's Town Center Park as part of a commemoration of the beginning of the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - U.S. Marine Corps veteran and decorated aviator Drury Wood, now 91 years old, speaks June 21 at a commemoration of the start of the Korean War. Wood was given an award by the Korean Consul Chansik Yoon honoring an essay Wood wrote about his wartime experiences in Korea.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Korean Elders Choir of Oregon performs June 21 at Wilsonville's Town Center Park, part of a commemoration ceremony to mark the 1950 start of the Korean War.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Wilsonville resident Sue Lamb plays taps June 21 at a Korean War commemoration ceremony at Wilsonville's Town Center Park.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The 25th Infantry Division Association Color Guard retires the colors June 21 with the help of members of the Aurora Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Members of the Oregon Korean Culture Art Center's drum group perform June 21 at Wilsonville's Town Center Park.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A drummer from the Oregon Korean Culture Art Center's drum group performs June 21 at Wilsonville's Town Center Park.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - An M-1 carbine, combat boots and an old steel pot-style helmet commemorate the fallen of the Korean War during a June 21 commemoration at Wilsonville's Korean War Memorial.


By Josh Kulla
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