Local Korean War veterans honored April 28

Published 5:52 am Friday, April 26, 2013

Members of Chapter 265 of the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Association will visit Lebanon United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 28, to honor Medal of Honor recipient, Bryant H. Womack, and the other veterans buried in the cemetery.

The program will begin with services by Pastor Ned Owens, followed by the NC Korean War Veterans Association program. The main speaker will be Captain Young Chang Ha, retired chaplain from the U.S. Navy. Captain Ha, who was born in North Korea near the border with China, will tell about his childhood and how his father gathered the family together at the start of the war and, traveling in the dark of night to evade capture by the North Korean soldiers, fled to South Korea. He was only a small child when the family left their home.

He will tell about his growing up in free South Korea and his chance to come to the United States, his entry into the U.S. Navy, the Seminary and his retirement as a Navy Chaplain. Everyone is welcome to join us in this special, moving ceremony beginning at 11 a.m.

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Lebanon United Methodist Church is located at 2330 Big Level Road, Mill Spring, N.C., 28756.

Chapter 265 of the North Carolina Korean War Veterans Association was formed in June 2002. One of their projects is to visit the burial sites of the three Medal of Honor recipients from the Korean War and to perform a ceremony to honor them for their service to our country.