In observance of Veterans Day the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford hosted a ceremony on Monday, November 11 to honor those that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, veterans of the conflict received a special honor as they were given the Korean War Memorial Medal.
Guest Speaker of the Veterans Day Celebration Charles Garrod, spoke of his involvement in the Korean War, which is officially designated as the period of June 25, 1950 through July 27, 1953, and what sacrifices veterans of all wars have made in the name of freedom.
“Quite often a speech is given on Veterans Day, statistics quoted on the horrendous casualties of war. I cannot read about these numbers of military and civilian casualties without thinking of them as people, not numbers,” Garrod started. “These so called numbers were really Joey, billy, Harold, Sally and so on. They were someone’s parents, spouse child or a dear friend. They gave their lives for something they believed in, they gave their lives to protect our great country, and they knew when they went to war they were for the cause of justice and maintaing freedom in the world.”
Serving in the United States Air Force, Charles was stationed in Suwon, South Korea at an airbase that was the home of the 51st Fighter Interceptor wing. Among other responsibilities, Garrod was in charge of ground radio maintenance, where he also was responsible for advising the base of pending attacks. As a member of the Marine forward Observes spotted enemy planes, they would call Charles who would then announce over the load speakers of the impending attack and where it was coming form, air or land.
“Korean War Veterans are often credited with coining the phrase ‘Freedom Is Not Free’, and you my fellow veterans proved it.” Speaking directly to the veterans, Charles exclaimed “God Bless you for your service and God Bless America. Thank you for your service to the United States.”
Mr. Garrod, with the help of the Sussex County Young Marines, presented the Korean War Memorial Medal to twenty-eight veterans in attendance. According to Charles, these veterans were the first in Delaware to receive these medals.