NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Francisco, CA, June 18, 2014: In a ceremony at his City Hall Office, the Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, presented the Korean War Memorial Foundation (KWMF) with a Proclamation stating that June 25, 2014 has been designated as “Korean War Memorial Day in San Francisco”. June 25 is a deeply symbolic date, particularly to the people of the Republic of Korea: the Korean War began on that date in 1950.
KWMF President and former U.S. Congressman Pete McCloskey, a decorated Korean War veteran (seated on left), and the Honorable Han Dong-man, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco (seated on right), accepted the Proclamation from the Mayor (center). Also present for the ceremony were (standing from left to right) Seoul-San Francisco Sister City Committee Chairman Hagen Choi, KWMF Vice President Man J. Kim, KWMF Secretary and Korean War veteran John Stevens, and KWMF Treasurer and Korean War veteran Donald Reid.
KWMF is in the process of raising $3.5 million to build a Memorial to the Korean War in the Presidio of San Francisco. To date the group has raised just under $1.9 million, with an additional $1 million grant from the Republic of Korea now pending final approval. Full details on KWMF’s progress to date and plans may be found at http://kwmf.org.
The Proclamation is the City of San Francisco’s way of honoring the sacrifices made by all who fought for a democratic and prosperous Republic of Korea, and the close ties between the two nations. As Mayor Lee put it:
“Let this Memorial stand as a testament not just to war but to the friendship between the United States and the Republic of Korea, who together have built a partnership that provides us with significant opportunities for cultural, educational and economic collaborations.”
The Korean War Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, EIN 27-2773272. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.