Thompson, DeSaulnier, McNerney, and Swalwell Host Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal Presentation

October 17, 2018
Press Release

LAFAYETTE, CA – Today Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-05), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Jerry McNerney (CA-09) and Eric Swalwell (CA-15) hosted a ceremony to present 99 local veterans from Contra Costa County and the region with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. This honor is bestowed on Korean War veterans in recognition of their service to the Republic of Korea and their sacrifice for the nation’s freedoms.

“Far too many Korean War veterans returned home with no recognition of their service and without a grateful nation to greet them. Today’s ceremony rights that wrong, honoring local veterans and their families who sacrificed to protect freedom around the globe,” said Thompson. “I am humbled to have the chance to recognize these veterans and their families and further cement the important bonds between our nation and South Korea.”

“It is an honor to recognize veterans from Contra Costa who served during the Korean War and took part in the United Nations peacekeeping mission during and after the war. Although those honored today served 65 years ago, their role in promoting peace and fighting aggression in the ‘Forgotten War’ must always be remembered,” said DeSaulnier. “We owe them and their families a debt of gratitude.”

“Our nation’s veterans have given so much in service to our country, and we should take every opportunity we have to express our gratitude,” said McNerney. “It was a privilege to join my colleagues in honoring those who served in the Korean War, and to thank them for their bravery and sacrifice.”

“These veterans served bravely and selflessly, becoming heroes to two nations,” said Swalwell. “Time should never be a barrier to gratitude. I’m glad we could help get them the recognition they deserve.”

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