Arts Commission helps celebrate freedomWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, together with Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association, the City of Toledo, the Lucas County Commissioners and the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission, held a dedication ceremony for the new Korean War Memorial in the Civic Center Mall June 25.
This public event featured remarks from veterans and local dignitaries. Speakers and invited guests included, Ronald Bowman, Major General U.S. Army (retired); Tina Skeldon Wozniak, president, Board of Lucas County Commissioners; Jack Ford, former mayor; Lou Streb, chapter secretary of the Korean War Veterans; Ed Auerbach, president, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 131; Chuck Ewing, Korean War Veteran; Clement C Cybulski, Jr., Veterans Service Commission; Dick Madrzykowski, Korean War Veteran; and Mike Duket, Arts Commission Of Greater Toledo.
It was Duket, working closely with the Korean War Veterans Association, and local artist Kenneth M. Thompson, who got the ball rolling on this project on behalf on the Arts Commission, Duket said. “This memorial is one that truly deserves to be here,” he said.
Thompson’s Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Galleries constructed the memorial. The project was funded by the City of Toledo, the Lucas County Commissioners, the Students of Anthony Wayne Jr. High School, the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Lucas County Veterans Service Commission.
It was the members of Chapter 131, wanting to find as many ways as possible to honor service men and women, who were also responsible for bringing the documentary “Korea: We Called It War” to Toledo’s Ohio Theatre. Veteran Denzil Batson authored of a book of the same name, which helped serve as one of the film’s many sources of inspiration.
The Korean War Memorial is adjacent to the Vietnam Peace Arch in the Civic Center Mall. The Korean War Memorial is open to the public.