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St. Louisans Honor Korea Veterans

(KWMU staff)
Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt (left) dedicates a tree with Korea Veteran Bill Jeffries.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – At Veterans' Day events throughout the region Tuesday, St. Louisans honored those who fought in wars for the United States.

At a ceremony downtown, participants remembered those who fought in the Korean War with the dedication of a tree at the Soldiers' Memorial.

Korea veteran Bill Jeffries says the Korean War is often overshadowed by World War II and Vietnam.

"It was an awful conflagration," he said. "They said it was a police action, but we know what it really was, those of us who were there."

Jeffries said about 50,000 Americans died in the Korean War. The conflict ended in a stalemate in 1953, and tensions remain high between North and South Korea.


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