KOREAN WAR VETERANS’ DONATION BRINGS COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAMS TO HARFORD

(Belcamp, Maryland – April 22, 2013) Members of the Korean War Veterans Association, Maryland #33 in Baltimore, presented Harford County Public Library with a donation of $1,000 to bring a Korean War exhibition and related programming to the Library this summer in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the close of the war. Events to commemorate the Korean War include a moving photo exhibition, a veterans panel discussion, book groups and a historical look back at the era.

“The Library is honored to be commemorating such an important part of our country’s history,” said Mary Hastler, Library Director. “We are very appreciative of the commitment of the Members of the Korean War Veterans Association, Maryland #33 in Baltimore, in sharing their stories with our community.”

A photo exhibition, GIs and the Kids, tells the story of how American soldiers helped save the lives of thousands of orphaned Korean children during the war. The exhibition will be at the Bel Air Library from June 21 through July 27 during Library hours. A veterans panel discussion will take place at the Bel Air Library on Saturday, June 22 at 3:00 pm with memories and observations from those who lived and fought through “The Forgotten War.”

Harford book groups will be reading and discussing Home by Toni Morrison, the story of 24-year-old Korean War veteran Frank Money as he embarks on a reluctant journey home. Book discussions will be held at the Bel Air Library on Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 pm or Friday, July 26 at the Aberdeen Senior Center at 10:30 am.

Other programs include Historian Mike Dixon’s “Duck and Cover: Remembering the Days of Sputnik, Conalrad and Fallout Shelters,” a nostalgic look at old emergency procedures, films and signage that were standard in schools and public buildings during the days of the Cold War; a memorial wreath laying at the Bel Air Veteran’s Memorial; and an author discussion. For more information on related programs, visit HCPLonline.org.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 176,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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Photo caption: Members of the Korean War Veterans Association, Maryland #33 in Baltimore, presented Harford County Public Library with a donation of $1,000 to bring a Korean War exhibition and related programming to the Library this summer. Left to right: Samuel Fielder; Robert Banker; Mary Hastler, Library Director; Commander Charles Reed, Jr.; Earl House; Louise LeTendre, Library Board of Trustees Chairperson; Jack Cloman; Sam DeFazio.

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