Korean War Veterans Plaque unveiled at State House ceremony

Ronald N. Renaud, Executive Director of the Department of Administration, receives an award from Korean War Veterans Association of Rhode Island Chapter Commanders Antero Martins, Melvin Hill and Richard St. Louis for his work in installing the Korean War Veterans Plaque. (Photo Courtesy: Allison Rogers, RI Dept. of Administration)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Governor Lincoln Chafee hosted a dedication ceremony for a new plaque that honors Rhode Island’s Korean War veterans Saturday.

State lawmakers passed legislation in 1985 mandating the placement of a Korean War monument in the State House, but no such plaque was designed. It was essentially forgotten until recently, when the Chafee administration and members of the state’s three Korean War Veterans Association chapters worked together to get a plaque designed and installed in the State House Bell Area.

The plaque, designed by Graphic Designers, Inc., of East Greenwich, commemorates the service of all the members of the United States armed forces who served in Korea.

More than 54,000 Americans lost their lives in Korea between 1950 and 1953. Senator Jack Reed, speaking at Saturday’s dedication ceremony, said that about 11,000 Rhode Islanders served there during the war.

Senator Reed, Governor Chafee and several other officials and legislators attended, along with many Korean War veterans. Music was provided by the 88th Army Band.

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