Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice of the Korean War, the Korean War National Museum in Springfield kicks off its speaker series featuring veterans from “The Forgotten War” who will share their memories and answer questions.
Jerry Seymour, Korean War Army veteran, will be at the downtown Denis J. Healy Freedom Center on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Guests will have a chance to meet Seymour, listen to his experiences in the Korean War from Pusan from the way up to the Yalu River on the border between North Korean and China and back down again, and ask questions about his experiences.
“We are honored Jerry Seymour will be visiting the Freedom Center and sharing his experiences from the Korean War and some history,” said KWNM President and CEO Tony Enrietto. “Getting veterans to share their stories and experiences is an important part of what we are seeking to accomplish here at the museum.” The museum aims to bring to life the stories of individuals who served and partnered with nations around the world, providing insight to the challenges and accomplishments of the allied nations who fought bravely against communist aggression.
Seymour served in the Korean War from July 1950 to December 1951 in the 5th RCT of the 24th Infantry Division. He is currently an active member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association and serves as the state organization’s Department Secretary. Seymour is also Secretary of KWVA Chapter 24 in Decatur and participates in the Tell-America program of veterans visiting schools to talk about their experiences.
Students, educators, and media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visitors may also review the museum’s memorabilia, uniforms and artifacts.
Other events are planned to honor the July 27, 1953 armistice and the brave men and women who served in the conflict. For more information, call the KWNM at 9 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield or visit http://www.kwnm.org.
The Korean War National Museum (KWNM) is a is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to help people better understand and appreciate the service, sacrifices and success of the American, South Korean and Allied personnel during the Korean War. The KWNM operates The Denis J. Healy Freedom Center in Springfield, Illinois, located on the historic Old State Capitol Plaza. This 10,000 square foot facility has an interactive and professionally developed exhibit of items, artifacts, weapons, art, photographs and materials intended to help visitors gain an understanding of and appreciation for the services, sacrifices and successes of the American, South Korean and Allied forces who served in the Korean War. The Freedom Center is open with published hours and free admission. School groups, youth groups and civic groups are welcome; please call 217-523-7230.
The Korean War National Museum continues to plan and prepare for the construction of the permanent museum space and welcome donors, sponsor or interested individuals to contact us, or support our fundraising activities. The KWNM is a 501(c) 3 charitable organization. All contributions are deductible to the extent allowable by law.