June 25 Commemoration at the Korean War Memorial

On the afternoon of June 25, 2017, the sixty-seventh anniversary of the start of the Korean War, a small group of veterans, donors, and friends gathered at the Korean War Memorial in the Presidio of San Francisco. The event, organized by the Korean Consulate General of San Francisco and the Korean War Memorial Foundation, featured a few moments of prayer and remembrance, followed by the placing of a ceremonial wreath in front of the Memorial wall.

people gathering at the memorial wall

Korean War veteran Denny Weisgerber, chaplain of the 1st Marine Division Association, delivered the Invocation to the audience. This was followed by brief commemorative remarks by KWMF President and Chair Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.), Korean Deputy Consul General (DCG) Jimin Kim, and KWMF 1st Vice President Man J. Kim. Judge Kopp and Deputy Consul General Kim then placed the wreath in front of the wall. This was followed by a moment of silence and then the playing of Taps by Korean War veteran and KWMF Education Director Wallace Stewart. The participants then mingled informally, renewing acquaintances and reliving old memories on this anniversary gathering.

photo of Danny Weisgerber standing near wall speaking

Denny Weisgerber delivers the Invocation.

photo of Quentin standing in front of wall speaking

Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.)

photo of Man J. Kim in front of the wall, speaking

Man J. Kim

photo of DCG Jimin Kim standing near wall speaking

DCG Jimin Kim

photo of Judge Kopp and DCG Kim with the wreath in front of the wall

Judge Kopp and DCG Kim with the wreath

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The audience applauds

photo of Wally Stewart in Marine uniform playing taps next to the wall

Wallace Stewart, wearing the same Marine uniform he wore in the 1950s, unaltered, plays Taps

group photo of people in front of the wall

Members of the loyal and supportive Korean-American community

John, Don, and Denny smiling with wreath in front of the wall

Three Korean War vets grinning like Cheshire cats:
KWMF 2nd Vice President John Stevens, KWMF Treasurer Donald Reid, and Denny Weisgerber