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Korean War memorial unveiled in WA

Korean War memorial unveiled in WA

In a significant commemorative event, WA President Clive Robartson AM, representing the AFA on the organising committee, celebrated the unveiling of the Perth Korean War Memorial on July 27.

The date marked the 70th armistice anniversary of the Korean War.

Nestled within Kings Park, this memorial stands as a poignant tribute to the valour and sacrifice of those who served in the conflict. The memorial was opened by the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, Premier of Western Australia and His Excellency Mr Kim Wan-joong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Australia.

The Premier said the creation of the memorial corrected a long-standing wrong in Western Australia.

“The Korean War is the ‘Forgotten War’ no more,” Mr Cook said. “Incorporated into the monument are the names of the 1,916 servicemen and women who were either born in WA or enlisted here before heading to war.

“The location and design of the memorial has created a fitting site for all who wish to pay their respects.”

Three Pilatus PC-21 aircraft from No. 2 Flying Training School performed a flypast over the ceremony. These aircraft have a similar performance to the P-51 that 77 Squadron flew in Korea.

A 10-tonne stone centrepiece was donated and shipped from South Korea by the Gapyeong County in Gyeonggi Province.

The natural feature comes from the Battle of Kapyong site, a momentous battle which saw the courageous efforts of the significantly outnumbered 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment prevent opposition forces from recapturing Seoul.

A total of 1916 WA Air Force, Navy and Army personnel served as part of a 17,000-strong Australian force.

Caption: Personnel Capability Specialist, No. 25 Squadron, Aircraftwoman Sang Yoo presents arms during the Last Post at the official opening of the Perth Korean War Memorial.

President & Chair  Carl Schiller, OAM, CSM
natpres@raafa.org.au
Vice President 

Peter McDermott, AM, CSC
pmcdermo@bigpond.net.au

Honorary Secretary/Treasurer Peter Colliver, OAM
natsec@raafa.org.au
Director of Communications WGCDR Deanna (Dee) Nott
deanna@wingspr.com.au

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