A memorial to those who lost their lives in the Korean War was dedicated on Lexington’s Veterans Park War Memorial Walk on Sunday.
“There’s not too many of us left,” said Charles Davis, 86, a U.S. Army veteran who led the Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 219, that worked for more than four years to raise money and finalize the design of the memorial. “It’s nice to be remembered. If we don’t have something to remind people of what happened, it’s soon forgotten in history.”
“War Memorial Walk is something our city has needed for a long time,” Mayor Jim Gray said in a news release. “It’s a place where people can come and offer their respect and gratitude to all of the men and women who have died for our country. That’s very important in Lexington. Veterans made this happen. That makes it special, and we are grateful for their contribution.”
The park is at 650 Southpoint Drive. During the coming months, benches, landscaping and an educational sign about the new memorial will be added to its Memorial Walk plaza.
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The newly designed Memorial Walk is along West Hickman Trail, as it passes through Veterans Park. The Walk is also home to a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam memorial has been relocated to the Memorial Walk from its original home in Phoenix Park, downtown.
Veterans Park also has a Gold Star Family memorial, recognizing families who lost loved ones who were serving their country, and a World War II era tank. Both are located near the park entrance.