Dozens of county residents filled
the Bay City Service Center to honor Matagorda
County's Korean War Veterans Thursday.
The event was sponsored by the Daughters of the
American Revolution (DAR) to recognize the Korean
War's 50th anniversary that was from 1950 to 1953.
Twenty Korean War veterans from
the county received a Purple Heart, while there were
four casualties after the war.
The county also had several more
veterans who served [in] the United States during
Those in attendance listened to
fifth-grade students from John H. Cherry Elementary
School in Bay City, as they sang music to salute the
United States and the veterans.
Afterwards, everyone took time to
read the Preamble to the Constitution and the
County historian Mary Belle
Ingram thanked the veterans for their contributions
to their nation for the sacrifices they made during
Bay City Mayor Charles Martinez
Jr. gave a proclamation to the DAR marking Nov. 2,
2000 "A Day of Remembrance."
Martinez served in Korea before
the war began, and gave appreciation to those who
were overseas for the war.
He said more than five million
Americans served during the three-year war, although
it was a United Nations decision to proceed with
After the Korean War, there were
36,748 dead, 103,284 wounded and nearly 6000 missing
in action, Martinez said.
Veteran Kenneth Thames, [who]
served more than 20 years in the U. S. Armed Forces,
gave an overview of the Korean War.
Others gave honor to the
veterans, as they will receive medals for their
The Daily Tribune,