Living memorial for British Korean veterans in city Park

By on 21/11/2012 in News

A living memorial to honour British Korean War veterans has been unveiled at Cannon Hill Park today (November 21).

Thirty three saplings of Korean origin will form a living memorial to honour Birmingham British Korean veterans who were involved in the three year conflict which began in 1950.

The trees will be planted by representatives from the British Korean Veterans Association (BKVA), Birmingham Lord Mayor and school children from Sawanshurt School.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, said: “This is a significant day for the city as we honour those brave veterans who served and fell in Korean War doing their duty for their country.

“This living memorial will be the precursor to a fixed memorial that will be placed in the park next year, and will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the cease fire.

“I'm delighted that we have local school children involved, who, as part of the studies, have an annual Veteran's Day event.  It's fantastic that young people know about the history of those who served their country in the past.”

The memorial will be located at a plot in Cannon Hill Park where 20 Korean hill cherries, 10, Korean firs and 3 Korean oak sapling will be planted.  At a later date, the trees will be surrounded by an engraved hardwood bench.

Barry Tunnicliffe, Vice President of Birmingham's BKVA, said: “As a former solider in the Korean War I am very pleased that the city council has helped to make this living memorial possible.

“I not only speak for myself when I say it is an honour for veterans who served and those who died in the Korean conflict to be recognised in such a beautiful part of the city.”

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For more media information contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.
Notes to editors
The living memorial is funded by the 2013 BKVA memorial appeal.

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