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Sun. 8pm: Veterans, families honor those who died in the Korean War (photo)

June 23, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

AUSTINTOWN - Kathy Bowman walked slowly up to the Korean War Memorial on Sunday with a red rose in her hand.

She laid it down carefully with the other roses honoring the 118 people from Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties who died in the conflict.

Bowman was honoring her uncle, William M. Baker, who died in May 1953, shortly after arriving in Korea. She has participated in the annual Korean War Veterans Memorial Ceremony nearly every year since it began.

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"I was coming here with my sister, until she passed," Bowman said. "I have to do this. It is to honor what my uncle did in Korea and, later, what my brother did in Vietnam."

This is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, which essentially ended hostilities with the southeast Asian nation.

More than 100 people - mostly military veterans and their families - gathered in the center of Austintown Veteran's Memorial Park to put faces to the names of people who died in Korea.

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