Governor honors 61 Fremont County Korean War Veterans with Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal

(Lander, Wyo.) - It was standing room only at the Community Center Thursday afternoon as 61 Fremont County Korean War Veterans were honored during a special ceremony in which Governor Mead and Consul General Shin Chae-Hyun of Korea presented these veterans with the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal. Around 300 people, including veterans, government officials, family, friends and community members celebrated the 61 veterans being honored for their service and sacrifice during the Korean War. [image: REZIED 1.jpg] [image: IMG_20160630_144035.jpg] During his speech Governor Mead expressed thanks for all of our veterans, but especially to those who fought in the Korean War. He noted, "The Korean War took its toll, but because of our veterans' efforts and sacrifice South Korea is a place of freedom and prosperity. We're proud of each and every one of you for the job you've done. There are many titles we give to our veterans, but 'hero' is most applicable for you." [image: Untitled design (25).png] Consul General Shin Chae-Hyun of Korea, a career diplomat since 1987, spoke next and thanked the people of Wyoming for the warm welcome and hospitality. He spoke about the "robust and successful alliance between the United States and South Korea" since 1950 and reminded the veterans of the important job they did for Korea and its people. "I don't understand why people call it 'The Forgotten War," he said. "I cannot accept that title. We will never forget." After a brief video, the 61 Fremont County veterans were honored with the Republic of Korea Ambassador for Peace Medal. Most of the 61 veterans were present and able to accept the honor, while a few family members accepted on their behalf. View the full album of ALL 61 VETERANS receiving the medal of honor on County 10's facebook page. [image: RESIZE 10.jpg] [image: RESIZE 4.jpg] [image: IMG_8367.JPG] [image: RESIZE 7.jpg] [image: IMG_8450.JPG] [image: 0 (1).jpg] Governor Mead, Consul General SHIN, Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Vets Commission Chairman Linda Allgeier and Vice Chairman Lee Alley toured around Wyoming Thursday. They toured through Cheyenne, Casper and concluded their trip in Lander. In total, around 100 Wyoming veterans were honored.