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Korea Vets Get New Memorial

Steve Burger

A new memorial to Korean War veterans was unveiled in Mt. Vernon Friday. 

Within the next few days, on State Road 69, just south of Copper Line Road in Posey County, there will be sign put up that says, “38th Parallel Veterans of the Korean War Memorial”. The 38th parallel of latitude is the dividing line between North and South Korea. It also happens to run through southern Indiana.

It will be the second  such sign in Southwestern Indiana, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the veterans at American Legion Post Five in Mt. Vernon Friday.

State Senator Jim Tomes did the paperwork to get the designation for Posey County.

Tomes says, “It means a lot to me to be in a position to do something like this.”

Charles Blackburn of Mt. Vernon served in Korea, “ I arrived in Korea on Easter Sunday 1952 and I left Korea on Easter Sunday 1953."

He was touched by the recognition for him and his fellow soldiers who served in the Korean War.

“I appreciate it, with all my heart and soul. Immensely. Immensely.”

Tomes says Indiana Department of Transportation workers will pick up the sign on Monday and it will be installed soon after that on State Road 69. 

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