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The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Volume 14, Issue 07
Paul E. Bombardier,   Editor
July, 2021
COMMANDER'S COMMENTS
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Lew Ewing

     As we enter the summer months, we, unfortunately, will be losing a close friend and strong supporter of our Chapter.  LtCol Park, Byung-gun, who is the Deputy Defense Attaché at the Republic of Korea Embassy in Washington will be leaving the Embassy staff on-or-about August 1st to return to Korea where he will report to a new duty station with the ROK Marines.

          During his time as the Deputy Defense Attaché at the Embassy, LtCol Park has been a valuable resource to us in many ways, especially coordinating bus transportation for us to events in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D. C. area.

          We have invited him to attend our July membership meeting where we plan to honor him and officially thank him for

his friendship and assistance over the past two years.  Obviously, we will miss LtCol Park, however, we wish him and his family the very best as they return to Korea to enter into the next phase of their lives.

          I am encouraging all of you to please make a special effort to attend the July meeting to join in our tribute to LtCol Park.

          With the COVID restrictions being relaxed, we thankfully have been able to again get back to participating in various activities and events that we have missed over the past year.  At the end of May some of us attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Wall of Remembrance addition to our Korean War Memorial in Washington, D. C., plus there were four, or more, events held locally in conjunction with the Memorial Day weekend.  Additionally, on June 14th, Flag Day, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution sponsored a Flag Day ceremony at our own Korean War Memorial located in the Jim Barnett Park in Winchester.  It was great to be able to finally get out and do